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Epazote

Epazote

Regular price $3.25 Sale

Dysphania ambrosioides

40 seeds minimum

Germination tested 1/2018: 91%

Origin: Mexico

Epazote is an herb in the Chenopodium tribe of the Amaranth family. In fact, until recently it had the botanical name "Chenopodium abrosioides," indicating its similarity to plants like quinoa and lamb's quarters. The whole plant is eaten in much of Latin America, where it is used both as a vegetable itself and as a flavoring agent, often cooked with beans (it is considered to reduce the most common "unintended consequence" of beans). The essential oil is toxic in very high doses, so it is recommended to use this plant sparingly unless you are well accustomed to it already. It can be quick to bolt in northern areas, so sow every few weeks for fresh greens, as you might do with cilantro. The flavor is complex and hard to pin down, with notes of tarragon, oregano, fennel, coriander, and savory. It may self seed. Seeds were grown by Clint Freund and Kass McKinnon of Cultivating the Commons in Madison, Wisconsin, which will receive half of the proceeds of all sales.