(Eryngium foetidum) AKA Shadon Beni and Mexican Coriander. Not to be confused with Cilantro. Culantro is popular in Latin America and Southeast Asia, but almost unknown in Canada. The flavour is similar to Cilantro, but much more potent and complex. It also keeps its flavour in cooking and dries very easily. A few small leaves in a curry are enough to season the whole dish! The short plant (size of a small dandelion) is a tender perennial, which grows happily as an annual at our Northern latitude. Known as Shadon Beni in the English speaking Caribbean, culantro is native there and in central America. We encountered it while traveling and fell in love!
A slow germinator, sow the tiny seeds in a flat and keep well-watered- and don’t give up, they can take a month or more to germinate! Transplant carefully to a well-drained area of your garden where you can keep an eye on the small plants or into pots. Harvest leaves as you wish and cut the whole plant before frost (or bring inside in a pot to overwinter). Out of stock for 2024.