ep·​a·​zote | \ ˈe-pə-ˌzōt How to pronounce epazote (audio) \

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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Add the epazote leaves, turn the heat to low, then add the black beans. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "La Cocina recipe: Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas Bean Tamale," 24 Aug. 2019 Go for poached eggs made aromatic with the Mexican epazote leaf but stay for the bread basket featuring Panadería Rosetta’s finest: chocolate-vanilla conchas and guava rolls stuffed with creamy ricotta. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Colonia Juárez, Mexico City’s Hottest Neighborhood," 3 July 2019 Some customer favorites include the wild mushroom carnitas with salsa verde, guacamole, chili, and shaved radish, and cremini mushroom and caramelized onion quesadilla with epazote, spicy cashew cheese, pico de gallo, and salsa verde. Juliet Pennington, BostonGlobe.com, "Plant City, a vegan food hall, is opening in Providence this week," 11 June 2019 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

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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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