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?????Culantro, Recao, Cilantro ???????
[ Posted by mcruzn on Tue Nov 22nd, 2005 at 02:29:03 PM ] [ 3 replies ]
I am very confused about the three different spices. I was looking at a vocabulary of the puerto rican kitchen on elboricua.com and it describes culantro as: recao - green spiny leaf herb. I then looked up cilantro and it says that it is coriander leaves. When I looked up recao, there was only a definition for recaito, which is: a seasoning using recao, cilantro, onions, etc.

I then looked at the recipe for Sofrito. It calls for 40-60 stems of culantro and 20-30 stems of recao. What's the deal, I thought they were the same things. Can someone please explain.

Thank you.

Confused Puerto Rican
[ Posted by ivetteaviles on Fri Nov 25th, 2005 at 08:08:33 PM ]  
Culantro is the long leave with the spiny, cilantrillo is the small bunch maybe call coriander leave and recao is the mix of cilantrillo, culantro , garlic, pepers and onion mix in the blender, thats recao o recaito. hope to help
[ Posted by millieva on Thu Feb 2nd, 2006 at 05:46:50 PM ]  
There is short coriander also known as cilantro and then there is the long corriander also known as culantro or recao. Usually, cilantro can be eaten raw in "salsas" etc, however the culantro is much more potent and mainly recommended for cooking.
[ Posted by carolm on Thu Jun 29th, 2006 at 08:49:05 AM ]  
I just planted cilantro in my herb garden....is culantro available in the US as seeds or plants to also grow?

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