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In a recent post, I featured one of my favourite herbs, Vietnamese coriander. Judging by the social media response, it seems that a lot of gardeners love Vietnamese coriander as much as I do! Therefore, in case you were looking for more herb garden ideas, I thought I’d pass along another easy-to-grow, cilantro-like herb; papalo.
Papalo is an attractive plant, growing up to three-feet tall with gently scalloped, blue-green leaves. It makes a great pot plant, but I like to tuck it in my raised beds with other edibles. I sourced my seed from Johnny’s Seeds, and sowed the seed indoors in early April. As a Mexican herb, it’s sensitive to cold weather, so don’t move it to the garden until after the last spring frost.
Papalo has a strong cilantro-like flavour, but a little goes a long way. If you’re adding it to tacos, salsa, and other dishes that benefit from a cilantro flavour, start with a few chopped leaves, adding more as needed. My favourite way to use it is in roasted tomatillo & jalapeno salsa, substituting it for the cilantro (just use half the suggestion amount of papalo for the cilantro). It’s very easy to make and so good to eat!
Have you tried growing papalo?