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Huauzontle is a bush-like plant with a thick and fibrous main stem protected by many long and slender branches. The branches grow upright and are covered in small oval leaves. When young, the plant is green, but as it matures, it will develop a red tint, eventually displaying bright red hues in the fall. Huauzontle also produces small florets on the end of the branches in the spring through summer. The unopened green buds have an appearance similar to baby broccoli buds and contain a delicate, tender, and subtly crunchy consistency. If the flowers are allowed to mature, they will eventually develop small and round seeds. One of the most noticeable features of the herb is its sharp, herbaceous, and astringent aroma. Huauzontle is a unique herb as the young leaves, stems, unopened flower buds, and seeds are edible. When consumed, Huauzontle has a vegetal, robust green flavor mixed with peppery and minty nuances and a faintly bitter minerality.

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