Saturday, October 15, 2011
"E" is for Epazote
Epazote (Chenopodium ambrosioides) is an annual or short-lived perennial for gardeners in the northern part of the United States. For those of you in the south, it may be more of a perennial and may be a problem. It reaches to a height of 5 feet and needs sun. It doesn't need amended soil. It grows easily in areas where it may not be wanted. Its flowers are more seed like than flower.
Chenopodium means goose foot and that is one of its common names. It has a camphor smell to it. We don't use it often, but the bottom photo shows it cut up in a pot of beans. It is said to help lessen the musical noises after you eat the beans. I think to a certain extent, it works! The camphor smell is cooked away and does not affect the taste of the beans.
It is also used as a tea and is known as Mexican tea. I have not tried it and I'm not sure I'm going to because of the camphor taste. It is not one of my favorites. Although in reading The Herb Companion article, it says that the Native Americans and Mexicans drink the tea to facilitate childbirth and ease painful periods among other uses. Another common name is American wormseed because it is used as a remedy for intestinal parasites. Yikes! So if you making plans for your herb garden next year, maybe epazote is an herb to consider. Hope you have had a great day. Talk to you later.