Epazote is an herb native to southern Mexico. The plant has the scientific name Dysphania ambrosioides and has been referred to in English as wormseed, Jesuit’s tea and Mexican tea.
It is a leaf vegetable used for its strong pungent flavor. It has been variously described as tasting like fresh coriander and even having the licorice taste of anise.
Traditionally, epazote is prepared with beans because of the belief that this herb reduces abdominal gas. Mix it in refried beans or frijoles negros.
Epazote is also used in other traditional Mexican dishes like quesadillas, tamales, chilaquiles and enchiladas.
Yes, it can be prepared in tea as well.
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