Hispanic Herbs Category

Hispanic Herbs
avocado leaves, hoja de aguacate
avocado leaves
Mexican cooks use these to impart an anise-like aroma to foods. They're often used as wrappers, or crumbled into stews. Toast the leaves before using.
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boldo leaves
boldo leaves
These small leaves have a strong woodsy aroma. They're hard to find, but Hispanic markets sometimes carry dried leaves in cellophane bags.
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culantro, sawleaf herb, culentro, false coriander, long coriander
This herb is popular throughout the Caribbean. It's similar to cilantro, but more bitter.
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epazote, goosefoot, Jerusalem oak, Jesuit's tea, lamb's quarters, Mexican tea
This strongly-flavored herb is commonly used in Mexican bean dishes, partly because it's supposed to reduce flatulence. Fresh epazote has dark green leaves with serrated edges. If you can't find it, the dried version is an acceptable substitute.
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guajes, cuajes, huaje, leadtrees
These green or purple flat pods contain seeds that impart an unusual, garlicky flavor to Mexican dishes. The seeds are terrific with scrambled eggs or beans, but they have a reputation for causing flatulence.
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hoja santa leaves, acuyo, anisillo, hierba santa, Mexican pepperleaf
hoja santa leaves
These heart-shaped leaves impart a root beer flavor to dishes, and they're great for wrapping tamales and other foods. They're hard to find; your best bet is a Hispanic market.
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huauzontle, guausoncle
This Mexican vegetable looks like a long, skinny broccoli stick. Mexican cooks dip them in batter and deep-fat fry them.
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papalo, Bolivian coriander, pápalo, papaloquelite, quillquiña, rupay wachi
This Mexican herb is similar to cilantro. It's often added raw to tacos, sandwiches, salads, and guacamole. It doesn't handle heat well, so add it to cooked dishes at the last minute.
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pipicha, chepiche, pepicha
This Mexican herb tastes a bit like cilantro and mint.
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romeritos, seepweed
This Mexican herb has succulent leaves and is used as a seasoning or cooking green, especially during Lent.
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safflower, American saffron, Mexican saffron, saffron flower
Marketers often call safflower "saffron," but it bears little resemblance to the real thing, except that it imparts a weak, saffron-like color to food. It has very little flavor.
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yerba buena, hierba buena, wild spearmint
yerba buena
The Spanish name "yerba buena" ("good herb") is used to describe several varieties of mint, including Satureja douglasii, Satureja chamissonis, and Mentha spicata (spearmint).
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