PLANT FOOD FACTS ~ Epazote

Epazote is a herb used in Mesoamerican cooking since long before the Spanish conquest. Its strong musky flavor is appealing, but it also has a number of nutritional and even medicinal benefits. It should be used in small quantities and is not recommended for pregnant women and nursing mothers. It aids in digestion and contains anti-oxidants. It is often added to beans and corn dishes. It belongs to the Amaranthaceae family of herbs and vegetables, which includes amaranth, spinach, quinoa, and beets. The scientific name is Chenopodium ambrosioides. It is sometimes called wormseed or Mexican tea.

3.5 oz (100 g) epazote
calories 32
carbohydrates 7.44 g
fiber 3.8 g
calcium 27.5% RDA
copper 21% RDA
folates 54% RDA
iron 24.5% RDA
magnesium 30% RDA
manganese 135% RDA
phosphorous 12% RDA
potassium 10% RDA
riboflavin 27% RDA
vitamin C 6% RDA
zinc 12% RDA
Sources: nutrition and you