Huacatey (Tagetes minuta)

Huacatey (Tagetes minuta)

Regular price $14.95

Tagetes minuta is a culinary herb related to marigold that’s known as Huacatay, Peruvian Black Mint or Southern Cone Marigold among many other regional names. In terms of flavor, Huacatay carries the burden of comparison to the flavor of black licorice: you will either love it, or hate it, and we at Sow Exotic fall hard on the love it side. Huactay proves itself an everlasting herbaceous species, with documented use as a medicinal tea, condiment, and use for flavor in popular rice dishes and stews. It is popularly used to make Peruvian Black mint sauce, which flavors grilled seafood and chicken dishes. We even to use it fresh in cocktails or floral mocktails!

In terms of cultivation, Huacatay grows almost effortlessly and is self-propagating in its native habitats of the Americas, including the southern United States, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, and Paraguay.  Huacatay is most commonly grown and used in Bolivia and Peru for use as a popular culinary spice. Although it can be a burden to some farmers in Latin America, more optimistic horticulturalists consider it a ‘double-crop’ opportunity where it spreads wildly, collecting handfuls of it before winter frosts cut its growing season short. Local names for Huacatay will vary by region, but are found in literature as ‘wakataya, chinchilla, chiquilla, chilca, zuico, suico, or the Spanish term anisillo.’

Important Shipping Information

Sow Exotic ships nationwide year-round to the United States and Canada with 100% plastic-free biodegradable and compostable shipping materials.  Plants ship ready-to-grow in 4" coconut coir pots or 1-3 gal plantable pots.

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Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on your order weight and your distance from the nursery. Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!  Live locally and want to save on shipping?  See our Local Pickup option below.

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Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico

Plants ship bare root to Hawaii & Puerto Rico. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of plants that don't make the cut. Plants that DO NOT ship to Puerto Rico include: Coffee, Palm, and Banana plants.  Plants that DO NOT ship to Hawaii include: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, and Passion Fruit plants.

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How to Grow Huacatay

Plant Type: Perennial, Annual Herb

Harvest Season: Leaves can generally be picked year-round in warmer regions or just before flowering in colder climates, about 5-7 weeks after planting

Mature Size: 2-4 ft. tall and wide

Soil & Moisture: Rich, well-drained soil, good drought-tolerance

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: Zones 5-11 (Annual north of Zone 9)

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