Herbs forum: Papalo - has anyone grown?

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Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Apr 19, 2018 6:57 PM CST
I'm looking for some alternatives to cilantro, which has a very short life-cycle in our zone. I'm growing some papalo this year--has anyone had any experience with this herb? It's supposed to be more heat-tolerant than cilantro, which is what I'm looking for. But the flavor is supposed to be bolder, which I'm not sure everyone will like.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Apr 20, 2018 7:41 AM CST
I think that I have seeds coming.
How did they germinate ?
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fwmosher
Apr 20, 2018 9:25 AM CST
"Mexican" Cilantro is a good substitute for Cilantro, bearing in mind that there is a single stem version of Cilantro (Calypso) which can be cut and comes back immediately. Only grows about 7" high. Not a version to go to seed. Have to be careful with some herbs. "Papalo" considered a blood-pressure-lowering drug in some countries? Let us know your taste results! Cheers!
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pod
Apr 20, 2018 7:58 PM CST
I grew Papalo last summer. It was an interesting plant with unusual blooms and prolific seed production. It endured the heat and humidity well.

I was hoping for a summer substitute for Cilantro which I love. I didn't much care for the taste of Papalo and won't grow it again although I am expecting some volunteers from fly away seeds. Thumbs down Thumbs down

I did save seed and will share if anyone wants to try some. I will be interested to hear how others feel about this herb.


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: Linda
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mom2goldens
Apr 21, 2018 6:45 AM CST
Thanks for that information, @Pod.

Carolyn--it germinated fairly quickly, although I did have it on a heat mat as I read it germinated best if conditions were warmer. It seems to be growing fairly rapidly but for now still indoors under lights.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 10, 2018 9:14 AM CST
Papalo seeds germinated in 4 days under lights.
Pipicha also in 4 days.
But NOT the Culantro seeds.
Name: Janine
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janinilulu
Jul 4, 2018 5:30 AM CST
pod said:I was hoping for a summer substitute for Cilantro which I love. I didn't much care for the taste of Papalo and won't grow it again although I am expecting some volunteers from fly away seeds. Thumbs down Thumbs down



I agree Grew it a few years ago and didn't like the taste, either. (I thought it was a pretty plant though.)
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gardengus
Jul 4, 2018 12:53 PM CST
I agree

I too grew some once and found the taste not to my liking.
I did find the smell interesting though Smiling
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all else is just existing.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Dec 1, 2019 7:33 AM CST
CarolineScott said:Papalo seeds germinated in 4 days under lights.
Pipicha also in 4 days.
But NOT the Culantro seeds.


@CarolineScott Did Pipicha grow well for you? Did you care for the taste? I am now seeing the seeds more commonly available.
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: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Dec 13, 2019 11:17 AM CST
I grew Pipichaa a couple of years ago and it was fine as to taste as I recall.
It is a pretty plant too. Small blue flowers on grey leaves.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Dec 14, 2019 7:22 AM CST
Great! Thank you, I went ahead and ordered the seeds. I look forward to trying it. Thumbs up
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.

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