Epazota - Plant
Description for Epazota
Dysphania ambrosioides, formerly Chenopodium ambrosioides, known as wormseed, Jesuits tea, Mexican-tea, payqu, epazote, or herba sancti Marie, is an annual or short-lived perennial herb native to Central America, South America, and southern Mexico.
Its dark green, long, slender, jagged leaves end in a point. The flowers are green and very small; they produce thousands of tiny seeds Native to Central America, where it has been grown for culinary and medicinal purposes for countless generations, epazote has spread as a weed (growing in empty lots and by roadsides) throughout a large part of North and South America and even into Europe and Asia, where practically no one is aware of its uses.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Wormseed,Mexican Tea||Green||Summer.||2 to 4 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Epazote is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
|Full Sun||Well-drained soil||Medium||80 degrees C or below 60 degrees C.||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Epazota
- Place plants in full sun in average, well-drained soil. Drainage is important; don t place where roots will sit in water. Leaves develop best flavor in full sun.
Typical uses of Epazota
Special features: The use of epazote can be traced back to the Aztecs. Epazote contains an essential oil which is up to 70% ascaridole, which gives it a similar character to boldo, another leafy, pungent herb consumed in South Amercian folk medicine as a digestive tea.
Culinary use: D.ambrosioides is used as a leaf vegetable, herb, and herbal tea for its pungent flavor. Raw, it has a resinous, medicinal pungency, similar to oregano, anise, fennel, or even tarragon, but stronger.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: The common name, wormseed, indicates one of epazote s common medicinal uses, to kill intestinal worms.In the Kitchen: Epazote is a herb used in traditional Mexican cooking for its pungent flavor, and is often used to flavor beans.
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