We love homemade Salsa and Guacamole, however each year that we have grown cilantro it bolts and dies out, just about the time that our tomatoes and peppers are getting their best flavor.
I started looking for substitutes for it that would allow us to enjoy our treats throughout the summer, as well as to can in the fall.
I came across this article posted by An American Homestead, and I was sold on the idea of trying it. So we ordered our seeds from them and in just a few days they arrived! Here is the video on how I planted them:
Papalo (Porophyllum Ruderale) is also known as Summer Cilantro, Bolivian Coriander, Poreleaf and Papaloquelite.
|Planting Depth||1/2 inch|
|Days to Germination||10-20 days|
|Days to Maturity||70 days|
|Height at Maturity||36 inches|
|Width at Maturity||12 inches|
How To Grow Papalo
Start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Papalo has a low germination rate, be sure to over sow. Germination can be slow, so be patient. Keep soil moist, but not wet, and make sure the air is not stagnant. Once seeds begin to germinate, do not over-water and keep air circulated to prevent damping off. Transplant when plants are big enough to handle, 2-3 inches high, at 6-10 inch spacing. Papalo grows in full sun to partial shade and prefers well drained soil. Harvest by cutting the stem at a branching point to encourage more growth.
We anxiously await our Papalo plants and our mouths are watering for some Pico de Gallo!
If you have grown it, we would love to hear about it. Please comment and let us know!