Scientific name: Porophyllum ruderale subsp. Macrocephalum
Mexican name: Papalo, named after a Mexican term for butterfly
• Papalo is an ancient plant found throughout Mexico, the American Southwest and other South American countries.
• The name papalo is derived from the Nahuatl language and means butterfly, which could be attributed to the butterfly-shaped leaves of the herb.
• The flavor of Papalo is described as tasting like a mixture of cilantro, argula and mint.
• Papalo is so popular in the state of Puebla, Mexico that people keep a bouquet of the herb on tables so it can be added fresh to dishes, particularly favored on cemitas (a type of Mexican sandwich).
• Also used as medicine for high blood pressure and stomach disorders.
• In Bolivia, the Chacobo Indians utilized the herb on infected injuries to reduce swelling.
• The Quechua people consume papalo daily as it reduces high blood pressure and treats liver problems.