Epazote is annual or short-lived perennial herb traditionally used in Mexican cooking, adding a sweet, mild flavor of its own to each dish. Historically, it has been used to reduce the intestinal gas that occurs with a diet rich in beans. A strong tea rubbed on the skin repels insects and reduces irritation from insect bites.
Epazote has a slightly tangy flavor, reminiscent of oregano and a hint of mint. It has a downy stem, lance-shaped leaves, and small yellow-green flowers. Small green fruits contain black seeds which are used medicinally. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.
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