Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Herb: Epazote

We have this herb growing in our new indoor herb garden- It came with the kit- I had never used or am familiar with this herb. I thought I would find out how to use it- Pigweed doesn't make it sound too appetizing!

pigweed, mexican tea

An herb well-known to Mexican and Caribbean cooking. The name comes from the Aztec (Nahuatl) epazotl. It is also known as pigweed or Mexican tea and is frequently regarded as a garden pest. It is most commonly used in black bean recipes to ward off some of the "negative" side affects of eating beans. Much like cilantro, it is referred to as an "acquired taste". The herb is quite pungent and some say it smells like gasoline or kerosene.

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