Aside from basil, this has quickly become our favorite herb on the homestead. We love cilantro and if you love cilantro too, then you will quickly fall in love with this plant as well. Papalo is widely grown in Mexico and Central America. It is a staple herb in those regions and is quickly becoming very popular here in the US as well.
Why is this plant becoming so popular? It’s no secret that many people love cilantro in their salsa or with tomatoes in their favorite pico de gallo recipe. However, by the time the mid summer has come around and tomatoes are being harvested and fresh pico dip is on the mind, your favorite cilantro plant has bolted and is dying back.
Papalo provides an amazing cilantro substitute for your salsa or pico de gallo recipes in mid summer! When mixed with your recipe, its almost impossible to tell the difference between its use and that of cilantro. And at mid summer, the papalo is just getting started and will provide tons of output before fall frosts get here. Not only that, but seed pods look very similar to dandelions and are very easy to gather and save for next year.
If you like cilantro and get frustrated that your plants bolt too fast, this is the plant for you! Give it a try!
Provide fresh and rich growing soil. Plant 1/2 inch deep and keep the soil moist watering once per day if needed. Give full sun. Plants will suffer if they go too long without water in high heat. We layered our grow beds with rabbit manure and overlaid with cheap potting soil from the hardware store. We kept them watered and they grew to a height of 7 feet. You will need to gather seeds and replant each year.
Each packet contains one seed pod (approximately 30-50 seeds)
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