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  • We grow many varieties of New World products, specializing in heirloom beans. We sell only domestically in the US at this point, via our website (, directly to restaurants and at farmers markets. The older I get, the more I realize I've barely begun to scratch the surface of the things that interest me, so this blog is hardly the last word on anything, just a collection of experiments. If you have questions, more information or corrections, I'd love to hear from you in the "comments" section after each post.
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July 11, 2012



What a fabulous writeup, Steve! Remind me to leave plants at your stall more often.

I think that Epazote is indeed perennial in the Bay Area, by the way. We had one that lasted for years, dying back to the ground every winter. It does spread its seed around a bit, but stray plants easy to hoick out of the ground, and then you've got another reason to cook a pot of beans.


I have had three small epazote plants in containers in my Berkeley yard. Each year there is a time when I think they are done for, and each year they come back and flourish for a few months. I haven't noticed if they are seeding the surroundings -- if they are, they will have some major competition, as the currently reigning plants are ivy and blackberries.

I only like epazote when it has been cooked for a long time, and therefore for me its primary use is in pots of Rancho Gordo beans.

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