Friday, 5 April 2013

A-Z Blogging - "E"

 Well, Hello there!!! I am so pleased that you stopped by  to visit!

    For the past many years I have had an, make that a fascination with herbs, spices and seasonings. - About how they were used by our ancestors centuries ago for a variety of ailments, and how they are used today to enhance your favorite recipe.
With this in mind I am attempting to present a different herb, spice or seasoning  for each day of the  A-Z Challenge. Please drop by often and perhaps we both will learn something new.
Learn more about these terms.

                                           "E" is for Epazote

There are not many choices for "E". A couple that I might have chosen  but were not technically in the "herb/spice/ seasoning" category were -elder-flower, and edible flowers.  What was chosen, though, was -

Epazote is an annual herb that grows wild throughout Mexico. "Epazote" is a combination of Aztec words for "skunk" and "sweat" (now that will endear a lot of people!) A common name for the plant is "wormseed".(equally as endearing) It is smelly and toxic if consumed in large quantities.( Can't imagine why that doesn't surprise me!)

When added to stews, sauces and soups, the herb adds a distinctly piquant flavor--wild, peppery,minty. Any fan of Mexican  cuisine will appreciate the taste that epazote can bring.There is no substitute. It does not take much--a sprig or two added in the last 20 minutes of cooking to be effective.
Like mint, epazote is a good candidate for containers. Pruning the center stalk will make it bushy, and clipping off the flowers will promote more leaf production.

If you are feeling up to cooking "outside of your comfort zone"or perhaps that should be "cooking zone" than you will like this recipe.

Medicinal uses:

For centuries epazote has been used to expel intestinal hook worms. One of it's names has been Jesuit Tea. It is possible that the use of epazote as a tea falls into the parasite treatment category rather than a recreational tea.
It is  has the additional properties of reducing flatulence. As with all consumables, however, there is such a thing as "too much of a good thing" . As stated above, too much can be toxic.

It's time for Herbs and Spices!

~Los Angeles Times -


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  1. I have a vague idea I have heard of that before, but I am not at all familiar with it. I wonder if one can even buy it in Canada - maybe in the big cities. It does have lousy names though.


  2. I'll check it out and see if we can get it in this "little city". I had never heard of it before this challenge.

  3. Fernleaf dill is one of those I grow. Great on Borscht, or with eggs.

  4. Wow, certainly never heard of that one before. It doesn't sound like one we'd be growing in our yard. Interesting medicinal qualities, too. Great choice for E.

    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

    1. I know, Kathy, I hadn't heard of it either, and don't think it will be near the top of my "must try" list!!

  5. I just love your choice of topics! I always enjoy learning about new herbs.

    1. Why thank-you, Shaiha, so nice of you to say. Hope to see you again.
      Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice