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Our Price: $6.95
ZONE: Annual
SIZE: 48"H x 36"S
BLOOM: Pale Green, Mid Summer

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Chenopodium ambrosioides

A delicious new addition to our herb plants and a great addition to your herb gardening - Epazote is a culinary herb well-known to Mexican and Caribbean cooking. The name comes from the Aztec (Nahuatl) epazotl. It is most commonly used in black bean recipes to ward off some of the "negative" side affects of eating beans.. It has become a distinct flavor in Mexican cuisine and is now used to season a variety of dishes including beans, soups, salads and quesadillas. The older leaves on this culinary herb have a stronger flavor and should be used sparingly. Younger leaves have a milder, yet richer flavor.

Epazote is not fussy about soil, but wants full sun and good drainage. As with most herb plants, a less-than-rich soil produces the best and most concentrated flavor in the leaves. It can grow fairly large, up to 2 to 3 feet tall, so give it a large pot or container. If you elect to grow it outdoors, beware: it self-seeds readily and is considered highly invasive.

Epazote is usually described as an annual, but apparently can be perennial given warm winter temperatures (as we would have indoors)--so take care of your plant and it might last you some years. When harvesting, cut the center stem first, to encourage bushing. Prune the plant frequently to prevent flowering and assure a continuing supply of leaf, but don't harvest more than half the plant at a time.
Zones: Annual

Size: 48"H x 36"S

Light: Full Sun

Bloom: Pale Green, Mid - Summer

Uses:Used as a carminative (possessing properties that reduce gas), it is typically cooked with beans. Epazote was once used in teas as a means to expel intestinal worms.

Tips: Epazote likes full sun and good drainage and can grow quite large-- give it a nice sized pot. Epazote is a great culinary herb, but in small doses--when eaten in large quantities, it can be poisonous.

Does Not Grow Well Indoors!

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