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What Is Cilantro?

Fri May 19, 2006 11:06 pm

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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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Fri May 19, 2006 11:09 pm

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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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Fri May 19, 2006 11:12 pm

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

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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Fri May 19, 2006 11:14 pm

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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Fri May 19, 2006 11:15 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Fri May 19, 2006 11:56 pm

Cilantro is essential for making guacamole. Regular parsley is not an adequate substitute.
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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Sun May 21, 2006 10:24 pm

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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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Sun May 21, 2006 10:27 pm

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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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Sun May 21, 2006 11:43 pm

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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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Sun May 21, 2006 11:55 pm

I don't know why but cilantro smells like catnip to me  Confused
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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Mon May 22, 2006 2:19 am

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.
 
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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Mon May 22, 2006 3:08 am

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. "
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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Mon May 22, 2006 3:43 am

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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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Mon May 22, 2006 3:47 am

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 ?
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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Mon May 22, 2006 10:20 am

Fresh cut cilantro tastes very good in a tomato based salsa.
 
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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Mon May 22, 2006 10:28 am

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.
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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Tue May 23, 2006 2:02 am

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."

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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Tue May 23, 2006 2:29 am

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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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Tue May 23, 2006 2:34 am

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.  

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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Tue May 23, 2006 2:38 am

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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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Tue May 23, 2006 2:40 am

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

We are two right now, thinking about the same "thing".
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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Tue May 23, 2006 3:17 am

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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RE: What Is Cilantro?

Tue May 23, 2006 3:21 am

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 22):

Then we are three!!!!!!
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