Does anyone else here grow epazote?

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Post: # 7285Unread post pepperhead212
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:15 pm

Definitely try the red epazote, if you can get the seeds (I got them at tradewindsfruit, but they are out of them). I saved a bunch this last season, though I always use cuttings.

I got hooked on epazote years ago, and found the green variety as a weed all over the area, and I had a patch behind my shed, and it just re-seeded itself every year. But one super cold winter (for this area, at least - low single digits) it seemed to kill the seeds - it never came up, and I didn't see the weeds around for quite a while. So I ordered that red epazote, and grew the stuff in a Jr EB the first season. Here's a photo showing the size the leaves got to (and I don't have small hands!):
ImageDSCF0299 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

It got too rootbound in the EB, so from then on, I planted it elsewhere. Every fall, I root some cuttings, and grow one in the hydroponics, then root some cuttings in the spring, to plant outside. The one in the hydro grows incredibly fast, with just one plant overgrowing things quickly. Here's a photo showing the plant just 3 weeks after planting a single stalk cutting:
ImageEpazote planted in hydroton by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageEpazote, just 3 weeks after planting a rooted cutting. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

And here it was overgrown a couple years ago, I think:
ImageEpazote by pepperhead212, on Flickr

The leaves don't get very red inside, under the lights, compared to outside. When that thing overgrows, I trim it back, about once a month, then take it up to the local Mexican grocery/restaurant. The first time I took it him, the owner couldn't believe it - he wanted to know where I got it, because it is the "really good stuff" - the best epazote, that he can't get for his restaurant, and even in Mexico you can't get it everywhere! I told him that I didn't want to throw it out, and I only use it occasionally, so I have to trim it about once every 4-5 weeks, getting a grocery bag full of it each time. He gives me deals any time I buy my ingredients there. Last week I took him a bag of it, and he opened it and smelled it and said "Oooohhhh - ecstasy!" Funny how some people like that smell so much - I think it's just anticipating the delicious food that will come from it. Curry leaves are another like that.
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Re: Does anyone else here grow epazote?

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Post: # 7381Unread post Shule
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:40 pm

Awesome. Thanks for the pictures and information. That's great to know about the restaurant!

I like the smell of it, personally, about as much as I like the smell of most other herbs. Speaking of the gasoline comparison, I love the smell of fresh gasoline, but I don't think it smells like epazote.

If you ever make sweet potato soup (not that I recommend sweet potato soup, as it's really sweet for soup), try cooking in some epazote! It doesn't particularly improve the flavor, but I'd love to hear about your experience, and how you feel while/after eating it.

I'm tempted to bake epazote into bread, eggs, and other stuff. I actually wonder if they ever add epazote to conchas. I think they're the first thing I thought of when I tasted epazote.
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Post: # 7411Unread post pepperhead212
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:26 pm

Early on, the main recipes I used epazote in (all I could get back then was dried, until I saw it in weeds) were bean recipes, mostly black beans. When Bayless started publishing his books, I started getting recipes with much more epazote, often up to 1/4 c chopped epazote. I never had any of them that I didn't like!
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Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:45 pm

Sorry to resurrect and oldish post, but I've been halfheartedly on the lookout for a good source of seeds since I took that cooking class in Mexico that one time. Any suggestions? Primary way we've used it/seen it used is in beans, and it adds that extra little bit of something they otherwise always lack. Pinto beans are a Texan staple, so I'd like to have this in my garden.
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Post: # 22161Unread post pepperhead212
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:50 pm

I have some lambsquarters started from seed, and epazote of clones, from the hydroponics. Here is a photo taken of the okra, but it sort of shows the red epazote in those 3 front spots.
ImageLittle Lucys, showing size on 6-9 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Here's the start of the epazote in November:
ImageBasils and epazote, 11-1 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

And here's the same bed, still producing well in March:
ImageHydroponics herbs, 3-13-20, still doing great! by pepperhead212, on Flickr

I have a lot of the seeds for the red epazote, if anybody wants some.
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Post: # 31943Unread post pepperhead212
Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:31 pm

I got the epazote in the hydroponics for this off-season - that took a little longer to root than some others, but once it sets, it will need trimming more often than anything, except maybe the peppermint.
ImageEpazote rooted, ready to go into the clay pellets. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageEpazote clone set in the clay pellets, 10-04-20 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
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