18 February 2009

Cilantro's Cousin

But really, they're more like twins.  CUlantro tastes exactly like cilantro and you don't have to remove all those darned little leaves {no, I don't like a bit of stem in my cookery}.  This looks kind of like an anorexic aloe vera plant, with all the leaves coming out of the center, but flat.

a.  It is so easy to use, 
b.  it is much hardier than it's dainty relative, and 
c.  it has a longer growing season.  
Who knew? 

Just thought I'd share with those fellow cilantro-lovers out there.

You're welcome.

P.S.  I found mine at Whole Foods, but I recently saw some at Publix.  Also, don't bother asking the employees.  They don't know.


  1. Does it need the Florida climate to grow or could I add it to my windowsill herb garden? I desperately want that plant. I don't like to remove all those leaves either.

    P.S. I am so excited to check out your etsy store!

  2. Amen! The other day, in exasperation, I grabbed a whole chunk of cilantro (yes, stems and all) and chopped it up and threw it into the vegetarian lasagna. It's such a pain. Is it cheaper?

  3. Man, where has that plant been my whole life? The necklace awaits purchase at Anthropologie...who wants to buy us both one???

  4. Yes, save me that plant! Although I do like the cilantro stems but would like a longer growing season, that's for sure!

  5. So does culantro really taste just like cilantro?

  6. Emily--yes add it to your windowsill! Check out your local nursery.
    Ann--I don't know if it's cheaper (as a plant it's the same price as cilantro) because I've only seen it as a plant.
    Dad--the description says it's even stronger tasting cilantro than cilantro.


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