Views: 719, Replies: 4 » Jump to the end
Grow Your Own Herbs for Mexican Cuisine

By pod
April 22, 2015

Some of the herbs commonly used in Mexican cuisine are bay, basil, rosemary, oregano, and sage. Most of us are familiar with these herbs and many grow them in their own herbal gardens.

[View the item] Give a thumbs up

Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Organic Gardener Seed Starter Birds Hummingbirder Salvias
Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Butterflies Keeper of Poultry Herbs Bee Lover
Image
wildflowers
Apr 22, 2015 8:30 AM CST
I know we talked about this before, years ago about your epazote being so attractive compared to the native stuff I have growing. It's so nice with its pink tinted leaves and flowers.

For another Mexican herb that has a very unique flavor (and scent) - Papalo (Porophyllum ruderale subsp. macrocephalum) it kinda reminds me of cilatro but more citrusy and peppery. Another herb that is very hard to describe.

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Deer Organic Gardener Ferns Herbs Beavers
Dragonflies Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers
Image
Bonehead
Apr 22, 2015 10:23 AM CST
I struggle with cilantro, have had good success with Mexican tarragon, and now look forward to trying epazote. I love Mexican food and welcome additions to the culinary section of my herb garden. Great information!
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Cat Lover Dog Lover Vermiculture Birds Bulbs
Canning and food preservation Butterflies Composter Bromeliad Bookworm Greenhouse
Image
pod
Apr 23, 2015 5:19 AM CST
Christine ~ yes, I recall comparing the differences in our Epazote plants. Amazing that I remember. Green Grin! I had picked up my starter plant from an Hispanic vendor at a local flea market. I still have seeds for this one if you are interested?

This is the first year I had seen Papalo seed listed and meant to order some but haven't done so yet. Does the plant last through our summer heat or is it a winter grower? Have you used it in cooking yet and if so, how?

Deb, because your zone is similar to ours, the Cilantro might do better growing in winter for you also. Here it seems to shake off the frost although it doesn't have growth spurts till the temps warm. Sadly as soon as the temperature heats up, it bolts. I find the blooms are like babys breath and are pretty if added to cut flower bouquets. I carried a vase of flowers to work yesterday and noticed the fresh smell the Cilantro added to it.

A special thanks to you girls. Over the years, I have enjoyed posts, information and assistance from you both. Thank You!
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Organic Gardener Seed Starter Birds Hummingbirder Salvias
Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Butterflies Keeper of Poultry Herbs Bee Lover
Image
wildflowers
Apr 23, 2015 6:55 AM CST
Thanks, Pod, the seeds you sent back then didn't make if for some reason. Do you cook with it very often? I don't use epazote often enough but it really is delish in a pot of beans.

I think Papalo is one of those herbs, like cilantro, that you either love or hate. I happen to love them both. The difference is Papalo likes the warmer weather and will grow like crazy until summer is over. It has a different flavor and scent but I often use it in place of cilantro, in salsas, and as a garnish.

I see a trade coming --- I'll tree-mail you. Green Grin!

Bonehead (Deb), I'd be very happy to send you some seeds too. Send me tree-mail if you're interested.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Cat Lover Dog Lover Vermiculture Birds Bulbs
Canning and food preservation Butterflies Composter Bromeliad Bookworm Greenhouse
Image
pod
Apr 23, 2015 10:04 PM CST
No, I didn't share any Epazote seed last time we compared our plants. You managed to resist temptation that time even though I tried.

I like to use Epazote in dried form by crumbling the dry leaves in with the cooking food. And I use it sparingly as a little goes a long way...
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Grow Your Own Herbs for Mexican Cuisine
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Gizmo the Gremlin"