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Apr 19, 2018 6:57 PM CST
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5b)
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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.
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Apr 20, 2018 7:41 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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I think that I have seeds coming.
How did they germinate ?
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Apr 20, 2018 9:25 AM CST
Name: Frank Mosher
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"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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Apr 20, 2018 7:58 PM CST
Name: Kristi
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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.
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Apr 21, 2018 6:45 AM CST
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5b)
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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.
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May 10, 2018 9:14 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
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Papalo seeds germinated in 4 days under lights.
Pipicha also in 4 days.
But NOT the Culantro seeds.
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Jul 4, 2018 5:30 AM CST
Name: Janine
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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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Jul 4, 2018 12:53 PM CST
Name: Cinda
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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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Dec 1, 2019 7:33 AM CST
Name: Kristi
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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.
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Dec 13, 2019 11:17 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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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.
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Dec 14, 2019 7:22 AM CST
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Great! Thank you, I went ahead and ordered the seeds. I look forward to trying it. Thumbs up
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