April 29, 2009 10:41 AM
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TAGS: epazote , herb , ingredient , spice
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The epazote herb is one deeply Mexican ingredient that has no substitute that I know off. It has a very unique, clear and deep flavor that adds a lot of character to a dish. Hard to describe, it has that I don't know what, that somehow makes a distinct difference (continue for more information and photo).

Epazote leaves are pointy, serrated and dark green. It grows about everywhere in Mexico and can be found fresh in many markets in the US. It can also be found dried and packaged, but with a much milder flavor.



Hi Pat-

I should be able to find it in AZ, but I don't remember ever seeing or hearing of it in the produce market, plant nurseries, or anywhere around else here. Of course, now that you brought it to my attention, I'll see it everywhere once I post this.

How is it used? Do we cook it, use it raw in place of lettuce or is it just used as an herb for seasoning?

I'm trying to learn to cook Mexican at home instead only going to Mexican restaurants. :)

Thanks! :)


Darla (AZtweetr) | February 15, 2010 3:53 PM

Hey Darla,
Yes! You should be able to find it in international or Latino stores. Plus, epazote is very, very easy to grow. It is used as a seasoning herb, for all kinds of stews, either vegetable or meat, and especially good with beans from the pot or refried beans. Also great to add a single epazote leave in a quesadilla. Epazote has a strong, yet clean and peculiar flavor, so only very little is required.
I will be adding more recipes that can use epazote so you can try it out!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Darla (AZtweetr) | February 15, 2010 6:00 PM

Thank you for your show and the recipes. Your cooking reminds me
of my grandmother's dishes growing up. I have been hoping for a
quick mole recipe and found it in the amarillito mole con pollo.
I intend to try this during the holidays. Gracias, Antonio

Tony | December 18, 2011 11:57 PM

I hope you enjoy the amarillito mole Tony! Let me know what you think :)

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Tony | December 20, 2011 11:35 AM

Hi Pati, I live in El Paso, Texas and can not find epazote leaves, what else can I use?

Thank you

Raquel Chavez | September 14, 2012 3:41 PM