Epazote Organic

Epazote Organic

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  • Rich flavouring agent
  • Dries well
  • Anti-flatulent qualities
  • Grows in containers
  • Certified Organic
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Product Description

Dysphania ambrosiodes. Epazote Organic Seeds are CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Essential in Mexican and Caribbean dishes as a rich flavouring agent. Epazote helps to counter indigestion and flatulence effects from beans and high fiber foods. The leaves can be used to make Epazote tea. In Mexican and Caribbean dishes, use two tablespoons fresh leaves for every five cups of cooked beans but only add the Epazote during the last 15 minutes of cooking. Epazote dries well, or you can try bringing a plant indoors to over-winter for fresh leaves.

Epazote grows vigourously and prefers sandy soil with full sunlight, best planted in pots to control its growth. Epazote will grow out to have yellow-green flowers that appear in clusters and are known to attract beneficial insects.

How to Grow Epazote

Traditionally used to flavour bean dishes, epazote has the added medicinal benefit of acting as a carminative, or anti-flatulent agent. Epazote is an unfussy plant that will grow in even poor soils. Grow in full sun for best results, in a warm spot in the garden. Follow the How to Grow Epazote from seeds and feel free to eat beans.

Latin
Dysphania ambrosioides (syn. Chenopodium ambrosioides)
Family: Amaranthaceae

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Season: Warm season
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: 4-12

Timing
Sow indoors in April/May and transplant or sow direct outdoors once soil warms up in early June. Optimal temperature for germination: 21°C (70°F). Bottom heat speeds germination. Seeds should sprout in 7-14 days.

Starting
Press seeds into the soil and barely cover. Keep moist until germination and transplant or thin plants to stand 15cm (6″) apart in the row.

Harvest

Gather the leaves so that you have 2tbsp of chopped fresh leaves available to add to 5 cups of cooked beans. It is important to add in the last 15 minutes of cooking. The leaves can be dried, but fresh are better.

Note: In significant quantities, Epazote is poisonous. While it is safe to use as a culinary herb in small quantities, overuse can cause deafness, vertigo, paralysis, incontinence, sweating, jaundice, and even death. It is to be avoided by pregnant women and small children.

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