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EPAZOTE MEXICAN CULINARY HERB SEEDS - HERBAL - Dysphania ambrosioides Seed - BEAN DISH - ONLY 55 Days

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Epazote

 

Dysphania ambrosioides

 

Epazote, wormseed, Jesuit's tea, Mexican tea, Paico or Herba Sancti Mariæ (Dysphania ambrosioide)s, is an herb native to Central America, South America, and southern Mexico.

Indispensable ingredient in traditional Mexican chili sauces and bean dishes.

Pungent flavor with refreshing camphor and minty overtones. Medicinal: Aids digestion and helps prevent flatulence

Culinary uses

Epazote is used as a leaf vegetable and herb for its pungent flavor. Raw, it has a resinous, medicinal pungency, similar to anisefennel, or even tarragon, but stronger. Epazote's fragrance is strong but difficult to describe. It has been compared to citrus,petroleumsavorymint and camphor.

Although it is traditionally used with black beans for flavor and its carminative properties, it is also sometimes used to flavor other traditional Mexican dishes as well: it can be used to season quesadillas and sopes (especially those containinghuitlacoche), soups, mole de olla, tamales with cheese and chilechilaquiles, eggs and potatoes and enchiladas.

 

Medicinal uses

Epazote is commonly believed to prevent flatulence caused by eating beans and is therefore used to season them. It is also used in the treatment of amenorrhea, dysmenorrheamalariachoreahysteriacatarrh, and asthma.

Oil of chenopodium is derived from this plant. It is antihelminthic, that is, it kills intestinal worms, and was once listed for this use in the US Pharmacopeia. It is also cited as an antispasmodic and abortifacient.

Epazote essential oil contains ascaridole (up to 70%), limonenep-cymene, and smaller amounts of numerous other monoterpenes and monoterpene derivatives (α-pinenemyrceneterpinenethymolcamphor and trans-isocarveol). Ascaridole (1,4-peroxido-p-menth-2-ene) is rather an uncommon constituent of spices; another plant owing much of its character to this monoterpene peroxide is boldo. Ascaridole is toxic and has a pungent, not very pleasant flavor; in pure form, it is an explosive sensitive to shock. Allegedly, ascaridole content is lower in epazote from Mexico than in epazote grown in Europe or Asia.


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