In a nutshell: Epazote is widely used in Mexico where its delicate, fragrant flavour is added to bean dishes and mole sauces, we like it with tacos and in marinades too!
Treat yourself to a genuine taste of Mexico with this lovely dried herb used for refried bean dishes and mole sauces, frijotes and salsa recipes. This native Mexican herb is a member of the amaranth family and has a wonderful citrus, mint and pine resin flavour. Epazote is used in simmered sauces and bean dishes where the flavour develops with slow cooking and is often called “the bean herb,” as it facilitates the digestion of legumes. Try it also with risotto, braised meats and marinade mixes. We also like it with fish tacos and quesadillas, lamb stew and with sauteed broad beans.
About Épices de Cru
Épices de Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.