I'm making a bean-based "chili", any suggestions or tips?

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OK I've been checking out epizote on ebay, and the price variations are enormous!  From an astronomical $50+ an ounce to $5.  Any suggestions what to buy and/or how much to spend?
Are you interested in epazote for the flavor or the carminative effect?
 
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Flavor, which I understand can be odd mixture running from a pungent fennel, oregano, anise  even to sage.
 
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The flavor can be a bit hard to describe. (*disclaimer:*) I like it, but would warn people to consider the source of this opinion, when considering whether or not to personally check epazote out :~)

I usually wind up any attempts at describing the flavor of epazote with "...with hints of kerosene"
 

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The flavor can be a bit hard to describe. (*disclaimer:*) I like it, but would warn people to consider the source of this opinion, when considering whether or not to personally check epazote out :~)

I usually wind up any attempts at describing the flavor of epazote with "...with hints of kerosene"

Yeah, flowers with petroleum.
 
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Doesn't make me want to try it! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif
if you ever eat at a Mexican restaurant, you have probably had it.  I buy mine fresh at a Hispanic supermarket, usually $2 to $3 a bunch.  the first time you use it, try about 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh, let simmer a bit then taste.  if you crush fresh leaves in your fingers, the aroma does have 'diesel' in the backround. 
 
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if you ever eat at a Mexican restaurant, you have probably had it.  I buy mine fresh at a Hispanic supermarket, usually $2 to $3 a bunch.  the first time you use it, try about 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh, let simmer a bit then taste.  if you crush fresh leaves in your fingers, the aroma does have 'diesel' in the backround. 
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing. 
 
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Doesn't make me want to try it! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif
In the silly mind of this chef, descriptions like " hints of kerosene ", " flowers with petroleum ", and " diesel in the background " are intriguing; not off putting... hmm, ...kerosene... yeah, yeah,...okay, I got it....I wouldn't necessarily recommend this mind to anyone else, but it's the only one I got.
 
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Doesn't make me want to try it! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif
if you ever eat at a Mexican restaurant, you have probably had it.  I buy mine fresh at a Hispanic supermarket, usually $2 to $3 a bunch.  the first time you use it, try about 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh, let simmer a bit then taste.  if you crush fresh leaves in your fingers, the aroma does have 'diesel' in the backround. 
I can't describe it but I like it and can tell when it is missing.

Hard to find fresh around here.

Sometimes the corn truck guy can be talked out of a half grab...always "no charge lady"...

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