Species: Dysphania ambrosioides
Conditions: Full sun, well draining soil. Warm weather, with temperatures in the mid 20s C (70s F), is the optimum.
Calendar for Hardiness 6B
November – Mid May
Cooking: From dry or frozen.
Late May – June
Cooking: Leaves for quesadillas, to stir fry, or add to beans and stews.
Start: First year, spread seed and lightly cover with a sprinkle of loose soil. Water regularly until sprouts appear, between seven and fourteen days after sowing. For subsequent years, monitor area for sprouts in late May.
Care: Keep moist; pinch tops to slow down bolting.
Harvest: Pick leaves as soon as they are about 1 inch long. Continue harvesting, cutting top or side growth.
July – August
Cooking: Enjoy as in spring, dry bunches by hanging upside down, or freeze washed and cut leaves with water in ice cube trays.
Harvest: Pull full mature plants for cooking and drying. Stop harvesting as soon as plants bolt, since seeds are toxic.
Care: Continue watering. Allow a few plants to bolt and blooms to dry on the plant, for self-seeding.
September – October
Cooking: From spring harvest.
Gardening: When temperatures start to drop, sprinkle seed in the garden bed, and cover lightly with soil and mulch.
West Coast Seeds
Epazote plants in June 2018. The first seeds were spread in that same patch in 2013, and it has been self-seeding ever since.