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Culantro



Growing Information:

Culantro

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 14-21 days

SOWING TIME: Spring

SEEDING METHOD: Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Shade

PLANT HEIGHT: 4-8"

PLANT SPACING: 4-6"

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 10-11

Habitat and Description


Growing Culantro
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS

Culantro is often referred to as spiny or serrated coriander, common names that are also descriptive of the plant. Culantro should not be confused with cilantro. Although related, the appearance of culantro and cilantro are very different, culantro is more pungent and only the leaf aromas are similar.

Culantro's harvested leaves are widely used as a fresh herbaceous food flavoring and seasoning for meat and vegetable dishes, chutneys, preserves and sauces. It is a favored herb for tearing up and adding to hot bowls, specifically pho noodle soup.

Small and slow-growing, with a rosette of toothed, lance-shaped leaves. Needs to be started indoors and must be grown under shady conditions.



Culantro


The benefits of Culantro

Aside from being a garnish or an ingredient in a dish, culantro also has medicinal properties. It is sometimes eaten to stimulate appetite in a diner and to help the diner digest his or her food, a trait that culantro shares with cilantro. The leaves of the culantro can also be boiled and made into tea that can help treat flu, pneumonia, diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Sometimes, the herb is also administered to cure convulsions in children, which is why it is called fitweed in some countries.

The herb is also healthy to eat on its own, even if you are not sick. Culantro has a high content of calcium, beta-carotene, riboflavin and iron - nutrients that the body needs to stay fit and to stave off disease.





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