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NAME: Epazote

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Dysphania Ambrosioides / Amaranthaceae

COMMON NAME(S): Mexican Tea, wormseed, Jesuit's tea, payqu (paico)

CONDITIONS: sun/shade, well-drained soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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COOK

 

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

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SOAK/COOK

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small/herb

COMMENT:  Use leaves for flavoring and tea.  Seeds should be soaked overnight to remove saponins. 

CAUTION: Leaves have an off-putting aroma, like kerosene. “The essential oil in the seed and flowering plant is highly toxic. In excess it can cause dizziness, vomiting, convulsions and even death. The plant can also cause dermatitis or other allergic reactions. The leaves and seeds of all members of this genus are more or less edible.” https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Chenopodium+ambrosioides & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysphania_ambrosioides#Toxicity

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/3047/2

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Mugwort https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_vulgaris

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

OTHER USES:  Dye;  Insecticide. The plant is used as a fumigant against mosquitoes and is also added to fertilizers to inhibit insect larvae. Gold/green dyes can be obtained from the whole plant. (1)

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Chenopodium+ambrosioides 

  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=epazote

  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysphania_ambrosioides   

  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2012/07/epazote.html (good photos)