Epazote (pronounced Eh-pah-zo-tay) is an herb used for its strong licorice-like flavor, similar to that of anise, fennel, or tarragon, but it's much stronger in fragrance and flavor. It can also be compared to cilantro.
It is native to Central America, South America, and Mexico, and is also called Mexican Tea, Jesuit's Tea, Skunkweed, or Wormseed.
The plant is pretty amazing - It has been used in the treatment of malaria, asthma, and as an expectorant. Not only that, the oil from the plant can kill intestinal worms. And the first birth control pills were derived from research on epazote.
The great thing about epazote is that not only can it be used to add flavor to fish, corn, and beans, but it is known for its ability to prevent flatulence.
You can buy the dried herb chopped or as whole stems. Recipes will often call for a stem of epazote, which is roughly equal to a teaspoon of it dried.
Fit's Tips: You should be aware, however, that this pungent herb is poisonous in large quantities, but don't let that stop you from using a pinch or two.