Also known as Papaloquelite, 'Papalo' is still somewhat unknown, we are excited to offer to our customers. This amazing herb is quite popular in Hispanic communities where it is used like cilantro. What makes this herb so exciting is its taste ~ these large bluish green leaves are a delicious mix of cilantro, cucumber, arugula and citrus! A delicious addition to any Mexican dish: salsas, guacamole, fish dishes and tacos! It's generally used raw, and added to dishes just before serving. In many establishments, this herb is placed on the table as a centerpiece for diners to pick as they want and add fresh herbs to their dishes.
Papalo is easy to grow and DOES NOT BOLT like it's cousin, Cilantro!
Papalo is also claimed to have a medicinal effect. Many people believe it helps lower blood pressure and help stomach problems. For folks at high elevations, this herb is used as a daily tonic.
Characteristics: Cilantro 'Papalo' is an annual culinary herb, This herb grows wild in Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas, but not commonly used by locals.
Light: Papalo will thrive in full sun. Pick the sunniest spot in your backyard, balcony, or windowsill. To slow bolting, you should succession plant!
Water: Cilantro likes moist soil, but avoid constant 'wet feet.'
Soil: Pick a well-draining soil with lots of organic matter-- an average pH of 6.6 will be perfect.
Use: Papalo is very popular in Hispanic dishes. New to cooking with this delightful little herb? Try chopping up a handful to add to your next bowl of salsa.
Papalo does not bolt and turn to seed like Cilantro.
Extras: Also referred to as Paploquelite, derived from the word papaloti, Nahuati for butterfly.
10 Health Benefits of Cilantro and Coriander
Relieves bloating and intestinal gas
Lowers blood sugar levels
Great source of dietary fiber
Protects against the Salmonella bacteria because it contains a natural antibacterial component called dodecanal which proves to be more successful in fighting Salmonella than manufactured drugs created to treat the bacteria.
Raises good cholesterol levels (HDL's) while lowering bad cholesterol levels (LDL's)
Helps prevent urinary tract infections
A great source of phytonutrients and flavonoids which are natural antioxidants and assist in cell regeneration.