ep·​a·​zote | \ˈe-pə-ˌzōt \

Definition of epazote 

: wormseed sense b also : the fresh or dried pungent-smelling leaves of wormseed used especially in Mexican cooking

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Part of the back patio is now a garden growing epazote, cilantro, chiles and edible flowers. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gran Electrica in Napa: Mexican cuisine straight outta Brooklyn," 31 May 2018 Villalobos: Onions, serranos, cilantro, tomatillos, and epazote, which is a green herb. David Sharos, Naperville Sun, "Chef's Choice: On-the-job training boosts skills," 25 May 2018 And so heirloom corn is nixtamalized in-house daily, for tortilla-like Oaxacan memelas, which are slightly fatter and come loaded with wild mushrooms and epazote or chorizo and potatoes. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Elevated Mole and Mezcal at Claro," 4 May 2018 The masa is seasoned with a couple of herbs — epazote, a little like oregano, and acuyo, which also goes by hierba santa or hoja santa, sacred herb or sacred leaf. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wrapped in banana leaves, tamales at La Vecindad food truck get a veggie-like flavor," 24 Apr. 2018 Pluck out epazote and bay leaf and transfer beans to a large bowl. Bon Appetit, "The Tostada That Wants to Be a Memela," 10 May 2017 Esquites is similar in spirit but easier to eat: The kernels are shaved from the cob, cooked in chicken broth with herbaceous epazote, ladled into a plastic cup, and topped with mayo, queso, and chili. Ashlea Halpern, CNT, "The Best Street Food to Eat in Mexico City," 4 Oct. 2017 For something less exotic, try the egg scramble, whipped into a soft yellow cloud flecked with onion, poblano and epazote. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "2120: Exciting Latin-influenced dining in Amazonia," 21 Sep. 2017 At dawn in Xochimilco, home to Mexico City’s famed floating gardens, farmers in muddied rain boots squat among rows of beets as a group of chefs arrive to sample sweet fennel and the pungent herb known as epazote. Lisa Martine Jenkins, The Seattle Times, "Mexico City floating farms, chefs team up to save tradition," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of epazote

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for epazote

Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl epazōtl

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