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.

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Apr 22, 2015 8:30 AM CST
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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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 var. macrocephalum) it kinda reminds me of cilatro but more citrusy and peppery. Another herb that is very hard to describe.

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Apr 22, 2015 10:23 AM CST
Name: Deb
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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!
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Apr 23, 2015 5:19 AM CST
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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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.

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Apr 23, 2015 6:55 AM CST
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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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.
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Apr 23, 2015 10:04 PM CST
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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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...
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