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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.

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.


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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

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,
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

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



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

If you live in El Paso you can purshace it in Juarez or any border town near you.



Pati,
Thanks for your recipes and, great show!!!

Hi Oscar, Thank YOU for watching!!



Pati.!!!! I just love your show. you have inspire me to keep cooking Mexican Dishes. I’m going to try making your chocolate flour less cake . I cannot wait to get your cook book.

Thank you, Lorena!! Yes, keep cooking Mexican dishes! Let me know if you ever have any questions…



Hi Pati, my mom had only found epasote in El Paso as the dried version and always uses it in her frijoles. When she came to visit me in Georgia we could only find the fresh lead (although I use the word fresh loosely) at a Latin market. You say it can be grown very easy, do you know where I can find the plant or seed to grow?

Hola Grace, I would ask about it at your local plant nursery or look online to order seeds.



I have never knowingly had epazote, but have seen it in mnay recipes. It has always been very difficult to find in my area over the years, but I wondered if the “medicinal/digestive” properties are true? I love beans of all types and this would make life easier, and tastier! (I’m trying to be polite, it is a cooking blog : o )

Hola! You can look for epazote in the produce section of your local Latin market. If you don’t see, they will mostly likely have it dried, where the rest of the dried herbs are. You can use the dried for beans, too! I can’t say for sure about the medicinal benefits, but I have heard this, too…



Thank you, Pati.. Can this herb (epazote) be used in pecante sauce? or salsa ?



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