Porophyllum ruderale

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Porophyllum ruderale
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Tageteae
Genus: Porophyllum
Species: P. ruderale
Binomial name
Porophyllum ruderale
(Jacq.) Cass.

Porophyllum ruderale is a herbaceous annual plant whose leaves can be used for seasoning food. The taste has been described as "somewhere between arugula, cilantro and rue." The plant is commonly grown in Mexico and South America for use in salsas. When fully grown, this plant grows to about 5 feet in height and 3 feet in diameter.

Having been used by many cultures, this herb is known by many names, including Bolivian coriander, quillquiña (also spelled quirquiña or quilquiña), yerba porosa, killi, pápalo, tepegua and pápaloquelite. Also, despite the name "Bolivian coriander", this plant is not botanically related to the coriander.


Easy to grow from seed in a well drained soil. Allow to dry between watering.

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This plant is known in Mexico as Papaloquelite, commonly accompanying the famous Mexican tacos. Not all Mexicans enjoy its taste, but between of the expert voices, they confirm that this plant gives a better flavor to the tacos, and the typical Mexican salsas and soups.

Papalo was found in the Azteca era, however they never used it like medicine, instead they used to spice up into food like nowadays.

A study developed that Papalo contains some benefits for our health as: lowering cholesterol, can serve for high blood pressure, rather than how salt minerals and also have better digestion in our body. This study revealed that only eat 3 leaves papalo, there would be a radical change our lifestyle, and change how the total performance of our bodies.[1]

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Seed sources[edit]

2011-- http://www.eonseed.com/catalog501.html

2012-- http://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/item.php?id=1388L

2013-- http://www.seedlibrary.org/papalo.html