A unique recipe from Inelva Carrasco Espinosa of Oaxaca, Mexico also known as stewed cactus paddles. Epazote - pronounced (eh-paw-ZOH-teh) An herb well-known to Mexican and Caribbean cooking. It is also known as pigweed or Mexican tea and is frequently regarded as a garden pest. It is most commonly used in black bean recipes to ward off some of the gassy side affects of eating beans. Much like cilantro, it is referred to as an acquired taste. The herb is quite pungent and some say it smells like fuel. Epazote is a commonly found plant native to Mexico and the tropical regions of Central and South America and is widely naturalized throughout the world. In Brazil it goes by the name erva-de-santa-maria or mastruco; in Peru it's called paico, and it is known throughout Mexico and Latin America as epazote.