If you love cilantro, you have to try this unusual Mexican herb. Papalo is largely grown in Central and South America, and is also known as Papaloquelite. The flavor is similar to cilantro with a bit more punch coupled with a touch of mint and citrus. Very distinct. Papalo thrives in hot conditions where cilantro would typically bolt or dwindle. Grows 3’ - 5’. Use raw and add to salsa, beans, and salads. Germination naturally runs around 40-50 percent.
Germination: 7-20 days, naturally low and variable
Seed Planting Depth: Indoors- sow on surface, lightly cover. Outdoors- sow 1/4" deep.
Starting Indoors/Outdoors: For a head start you can start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Provide 65-70 degrees soil temperatures. Transplant after last frost, 12-15" apart. Direct sow outdoors after last frost, 12-15 seeds per foot .
Light Needs: Sun
Soil Needs: Papalo needs average to fertile soil
Uses: Culinary, harvest leaves as needed