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Although widely used in dishes throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Far East, culantro is relatively unknown in the United States and many other parts of the world and is often mistaken and misnamed for its close relative cilantro or coriander Coriandrum sativum L. Some of its common names descriptive of the plant include: spiny or serrated coriander, shado beni and bhandhania Trinidad and Tobago , chadron benee Dominica , coulante Haiti , recao Puerto Rico , and fit weed Guyana. Culantro grows naturally in shaded moist heavy soils near cultivated areas. Under cultivation, the plant thrives best under well irrigated shaded conditions.

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Image by Mokkie I love to cook, and I like to mix it up and cook food from other countries. In my search for a new idea, I was looking through a book on Puerto Rican food and found some references to culantro herbs. This got me curious because I had never heard of it. Now that I obviously know what culantro is used for, how do you grow culantro and what other culantro plant care is needed? What is Culantro Used For?

Culantro Eryngium foetidum is a biennial herb common throughout the Caribbean and Central America. It is sometimes called Puerto Rican coriander, Black Benny, saw leaf herb, Mexican coriander, spiny coriander, fitweed, and spiritweed. In Puerto Rico where it is a staple, it is called recao. It is found growing wild in moist areas. The plant is small with lance shaped, dark green, 4- to 8-inch long leaves forming a rosette. The plant is used in salsas, softrito, chutneys, ceviche, sauces, rice, stews and soups.

How to Grow Culantro Culantro is slow to start from seed but, once established, will yield fresh leaves until the first frost. Because the seed is so tiny, it should be started inside. Use bottom heat to facilitate germination. Plant after the last frost in the spring. Transplant seedlings either into pots or directly into the ground in an area with as much shade as possible and keep them consistently moist.

Plants can be harvested about 10 weeks after seeding. Culantro is similar to lettuce in that it thrives in the spring but, like lettuce , bolts with the hot temps of summer.

Culantro Plant Care In the wild, culantro growing conditions for thriving plants are shaded and wet. Even when the culantro plants are kept in shade, they tend to flower, a leafless stalk with spiky light green blossoms.

Pinch the stalk or cut it off to encourage additional foliage growth. Mimic the natural growing conditions as much as possible, keeping the plant in the shade and consistently moist. Culantro plant care is nominal, as it is relatively pest and disease free.

It is said to attract beneficial insects as well as defend against aphids.

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Eryngium foetidum

The plant is native to continental Tropical America and the West Indies. Although widely used in dishes throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Far East, culantro is relatively unknown in the United States and many other parts of the world and is often mistaken and misnamed for its close relative cilantro or coriander Coriandrum sativum L. It has a similar aroma and flavor to cilantro, but they are not the same plant. It has little long, serrated leaves with a throne in the circumference. The leaves produce an odor that has been described like that of a squashed bedbug.

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Culantro: A Much Utilized, Little Understood Herb

Image by Mokkie I love to cook, and I like to mix it up and cook food from other countries. In my search for a new idea, I was looking through a book on Puerto Rican food and found some references to culantro herbs. This got me curious because I had never heard of it. Now that I obviously know what culantro is used for, how do you grow culantro and what other culantro plant care is needed? What is Culantro Used For? Culantro Eryngium foetidum is a biennial herb common throughout the Caribbean and Central America. It is sometimes called Puerto Rican coriander, Black Benny, saw leaf herb, Mexican coriander, spiny coriander, fitweed, and spiritweed.

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