Storage Tips: Wash and dry leaves when you bring them home from the store, then wrap in paper towels and place in a clear plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Culantro can also be made into your favorite chutney or mixed with your favorite salsa, then stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Usage Ideas: Like cilantro, Culantro pairs well with spicy dishes to balance out the heat.
The leaves can be used in a variety of dishes, from meats to vegetables to sauces.
Try using Culantro in your favorite fresh salsa recipe. Combine chopped fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, cilantro, salt, and lime juice. Serve chilled with fresh tortilla chips.
Culantro is the perfect addition to any chili recipe. Brown ground beef and and season with onions, garlic, chili peppers and fresh chopped Culantro. Sauté mixture until all of the flavors have blended and the onions are soft, then add in beans, stock and any tomato paste or sauce. Cook for 1-2 hours and serve garnished with more fresh chopped Culnatro.
Fun Facts: A close relative to cilantro, Culantro is commonly used Latin, Indian, and Caribbean cuisines (8)
It is often used as an appetite stimulant, mixed in with teas or chutneys (8)
While the leaves of these two herbs differ in appearance, Culantro is similar in flavor to cilantro, so the two may be used interchangeably (5)