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Heat Tolerant Cilantro Flavored Papalo

Cilantro is a favorite ingredient in guacamole, tacos, rice dishes and of course salsa. But as summer temperatures climb the cilantro quickly goes to seed.  Reduce the frustration by adding a bit of Papalo, also known as summer cilantro, to your garden.

Though not related to cilantro, Papalo has a similar, but stronger flavor and aroma as the popular herb.  You may need to start your own plants from seeds if none of the garden centers in your area sell plants.  Start seeds indoors or directly in the garden once the danger of frost has passed and the soil is warm.

Grow the plants in full to part sun and well-drained soil. These herbs can grow 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide, so give them some room.  Harvest the leaves and use as needed to flavor fish dishes, tacos, salsas and guacamole. 

A bit more information: The flowers of summer cilantro will also attract butterflies and bees. For more ideas on using this herb, click here.

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