Re: [gardeners] Epazote toxicity

Marianne Lepa (
Tue, 02 Jun 1998 07:33:08 -0400

At 11:09 PM 6/1/98 +0000, you wrote:
>Kay sent me a quick note about Epazote that clears up my own confusion 
>(I have so many recipes that call for epazote I was having trouble 
>believing it was toxic)
>Kay says the steam distilled oil of epazote *is* toxic. The herb "as is" 
>doesn't contain enough oil to cause any trouble when eaten in any 
>reasonable amount.

Well, alright. Armed with an adventurous spirit and a cast iron stomach,
I'm certainly willing to risk a bout of gastric distress in the name of
culinary exploration.  If the epazote recovers from our latest round of
severe weather I'll give your recipe a try. 

Thanks for all the information.
Southeastern Ontario AgCan zone 5b