Epazote (Dysphania ambrosioides) is a culinary herb with a lemony green color and serrated leaves, traditionally used to add a bold umami-type depth to Mexican cuisine. Its flavor has been described as a mix of mint and savory with a bit of camphor or turpentine thrown in. An acquired taste. As a companion plant, it attracts beneficial insects and masks the scent of other plants that suffer from pest damage. Also used medicinally to help with stomach upset and to combat intestinal parasites. Can become invasive, so best grown in a container.
- Easy to grow
- Culinary and medicinal uses
- Days to germinate (sprout): 5-7 days
- Quick maturity—only 40 days
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