What is Culantro and is it the Same as Cilantro?

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Question: What is culantro? Is it the same as cilantro?

Culantro is not an alternate spelling of cilantro.

Answer: Culantro is a completely different plant from cilantro (see link below for more information on cilantro). Although the two are cousins, they look nothing alike and are quite easy to differentiate by appearance.

Culantro, Eryngium foetidum, has long, serrated leaves and sports a blue flower when permitted to bolt.

It is the leaves of culantro that are popular in the Caribbean and Asian dishes.

Culantro is also often called spiny cilantro and is not as widely available as cilantro. Check with your market's produce manager if you do not see any in with other fresh herbs.

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