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Papalo Seeds

Unique, tasty herb

Porophyllum ruderale
Delights with flavor similar to cilantro and curry leaves.
Little known herb native to Mexico. Use as a cilantro substitute, but use only a quarter of what is called for. Enormous flavor!
Quick Facts
Days to Germination 10 to 20 days
Days to Maturity 70 days
Planting Depth ½ inch
Spacing in Row 6 to 10 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 inches
Height at Maturity 36 inches
Width at Maturity 12 inches
Detailed Product Info

You will have so much fun sharing this little known herb with your friends! The flavor lies somewhere between cilantro and fresh curry leaves, and always causes a look of giddy wonder upon those trying it for the first time. Papalo is native to Mexico, but is rarely used in the United States. To use it, simply substitute it for cilantro, but use half the quantity. Just a few leaves pack enormous amounts of flavor. Papalo seeds have delayed and low germination by nature, so be sure to over-sow. Fret not, 1-2 plants are generally enough for a seasons worth of eating. Limited supply.

Growing Instructions

Start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Papalo has a low germination rate, be sure to over sow. Germination can be slow, so be patient. Keep soil moist, but not wet, and make sure the air is not stagnant. Once seeds begin to germinate, do not over-water and keep air circulated to prevent damping off. Transplant when plants are big enough to handle, 2-3 inches high, at 6-10 inch spacing. Papalo grows in full sun to partial shade and prefers well drained soil. Harvest by cutting the stem at a branching point to encourage more growth.

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