Epazote in our A-Z - Cooking Index
Epazote is a herb native to Mexico and Central America, although it is now grown in warm temperate regions of southern Europe and the United States.
It has an extremely rich flavour similar to anise but far stronger; it is difficult to describe its taste and has variously been described as tasting of citrus, petroleum, minty and putty.
Epazote goes very well with black beans and is used in many Mexican dishes. It is thought that it helps prevent flatulence and hence this is why many people use it alongside beans.
In very large doses the oil from the epazote plant triggers abortions in women and it was one of the main ingredients in the first ever birth control pills.