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What Is Cilantro?  
User currently offlineMetalinyoni From South Africa, joined Oct 2005, 267 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

HI

I know this topic is a bit domestic and boring but I recently bought a cook book from the States and in it they refer to cilantro - what is this? At first I thought it was parsley (don't know why) but now I have a UK edition cookbook that also refers to cilantro and if it was parsley they would have said parsley.

can any one help?

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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

It is kind of like parsley but has a much stronger taste. You can substitute parsley if you can't get cilantro. Try it before you dump it into a recipe as it tends to be a spice that folks love or hate but no in between.


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User currently offlineMetalInyoni From South Africa, joined Oct 2005, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
It is kind of like parsley but has a much stronger taste.

Cheers mate - appreciate it.



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User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20685 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

Cilantro aka coriander.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cilantro



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User currently offlineWeeksyUK From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

In the UK Ciltrano is called Coriander (the fresh herb leaves not the dried seeds). Used in Indian and Thai food especially. It looks similar to flat leaf Parsley but tastes a lot different.

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

http://www.culinarycafe.com/Spices_Herbs/Cilantro.html

User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1047 times:

Cilantro is essential for making guacamole. Regular parsley is not an adequate substitute.


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User currently offlineJohnKrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1399 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 982 times:
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Cilantro is a vile herb, hate it.
I have never had any in Guacamole though, but in tomato salsa, my parents lived in Houston, and mom put cilantro in everything remotely close to mexican food, yuck.



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User currently offlineN229NW From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1954 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 982 times:

Cilantro (coriander leaves) cannot be substituted with Parseley in Indian or Thai food either; it is a very distinct taste and yummmy.


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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 965 times:

Quoting JohnKrist (Reply 7):
I have never had any in Guacamole though, but in tomato salsa, my parents lived in Houston, and mom put cilantro in everything remotely close to mexican food, yuck.

Cilantro's arguably more important in guacamole than in tomato salsa, as the generally stronger taste of the latter tends to drown out individual flavors such as that of the cilantro. Guacamole can be made strong too, with ample onion and garlic, but most people prefer a milder version in which the taste of the individual ingredients including the cilanto is distinct.



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User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 959 times:

I don't know why but cilantro smells like catnip to me  Confused


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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6242 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 944 times:
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Cilantro is basic in many Mexican foods, not Tex-Mex. Guacamole without it tastes bland to me. It's also used in soups (Pozole, Menudo) as a topping for all kinds of Tacos, in sauces etc. We put it almost everywhere. You have to make sure that you disinfect it, because it keeps bacteria very happy amongst its leaves.

Mexican food has a lot of Asian influence because during colonial times, the Spanish went to the Phillipines through Mexico, thus the Asian culinary influence in Mexican food.


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 928 times:

In Spanish is "Culantro" [funny name]. Its very tasty...

"Cilantro - pronounced [sih-LAHN-troh]
This member of the carrot family is also referred to as Chinese Parsley and Coriander. It is actually the leaves (and stems) of the Coriander plant. Cilantro has a very pungent odor and is widely used in Mexican, Caribbean and Asian cooking. The Cilantro leaves look a bit like flat Italian parsley and in fact are related. "
http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/cilantro.htm


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 918 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
You can substitute parsley if you can't get cilantro.

Not in my house! If fact, not even in my time zone!

They taste absolutely nothing like each other. You might just as well substitute okra or carrot greens or quail feathers.

I think it is important to cut or tear as much of the stems off as possible (just like another well-known herb or so I'm told Smile) because they tend to be pretty bitter and actually have the parsley taste. If you grow your own you might as well stop using it when it goes to seed. (unlike another herb)

Finally, our local grocery stores and especially 'SuperMercados' offer both 'Chinese Parsley' and 'Cilantro' more or less side by side. They look quite similar but taste and smell are very different.



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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 915 times:

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 13):
Finally, our local grocery stores and especially 'SuperMercados' offer both 'Chinese Parsley' and 'Cilantro' more or less side by side.



Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 12):
This member of the carrot family is also referred to as Chinese Parsley and Coriander.

Aren't they the same ?


User currently offlineSean1234 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 874 times:

Fresh cut cilantro tastes very good in a tomato based salsa.

User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 870 times:

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 13):
just like another well-known herb or so I'm told

Slammer, you cheeky bugger.  Wink

As for cilantro, I don't dig it very much. I much prefer coriander seeds ground up for my Indian dishes. As for guacomole, avocado, garlic and lime juice make a more than adequate substitute.


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 830 times:

Cilantro is great for the Mexican "Pico de Gallo"...
"Ingredients:
1 bunch of cilantro
3 roma tomatoes
1/4 c. onion
1 serrano chile
2 ripe avacado
1 ripe mango

Rinse cilantro thoroughly. Roughly chop. Not too much. Remove any tough looking stems. Dice the tomato. Finely, chop onion. Red onion adds great color. Cut the serrano lengthwise and remove seeds. Chop, finely. Cut the avacado and mango into small cubes.

To keep the avacodo fresh and looking great squeeze fresh lime juice or orange juice over them and toss.

In a medium serving bowl make a bed of cilantro. Layer the tomatoes, onion, serrano, avacado and mango. Gently toss.

Pico de gallo is a wonderful way to dress up your tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, breakfast. Delicious and easy to make. If you don't like the heat don't add the chile.

Suggestions: Serve with turkey and dressing."

http://www.texasrollingpins.com/picodegallorecipe.html


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 821 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 14):
Aren't they the same ?

According to my gardening book they are two names for the same plant. According to the produce managers at a couple of local chain grocery stores they are not. I was looking for our copy of Larousse Gastronomique to play off the tie but could not find it.

Having made the mistake at the store, all I can say is that if 'Chinese parsley' is in fact, cilantro, then someone at the store (on more than one occasion) had mistakenly placed some kind of regular but broader leafed parsley in the bin marked 'cilantro' and I didn't smell it before dropping it in the bag.



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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 818 times:

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 18):
I was looking for our copy of Larousse Gastronomique to play off the tie but could not find it.

I´ll be waiting for the "DaVinci cilantro mystery" to be solved.  

[Edited 2006-05-22 19:35:23]

User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4762 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 815 times:

This thread is making me hungry. One hour to go till lunch...

If we're on the mood for posting cilantro recipes, you may want to check out the green taco recipe I posted here: Official A.net Recipe Swap (by Max999 May 15 2006 in Non Aviation)  yummy 

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 12):
In Spanish is "Culantro" [funny name].

I can think of a number of jokes... let's say I don't want to hijack the thread.  innocent 



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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 811 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 20):
I can think of a number of jokes...

We are two right now, thinking about the same "thing".


User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 806 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 21):
We are two right now, thinking about the same "thing".

I am thinking in the same thing you two are thinking! Cool!

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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 801 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 22):

Then we are three!!!!!!


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