You say Cilantro, I say Culantro. Why? Because Culantro is not Cilantro. Eryngium foetidum has long leaves with tapered tips and serrated edges. And Cilantro, Coriandrum sativum L. has bright green leaves and stems that resembles flat-leaf parsley. One detail is the taste; the flavor is similar, but stronger than Cilantro. Eryngium foetidum is a tropical perennial and annual herb in the family Apiaceae. It is native to Mexico and South America but is cultivated worldwide. It is relatively unknown in the United States, and is often mistaken for its relative Cilantro. It is also known by many other names, such as Fitweed, Recao-Puerto Rican coriander, saw leaf herb, Mexican coriander, Shado beni (Trinidad), spirit weed (Jamaica) Chadron benee (Dominica), Alcapate (El Salvador), Cilantro habanero, Cilantro extranjero (Mexico),and well over 65 more names in different parts of the world. Culantro is an herb with a pungent odor; the leaves have toothed margins and they grow in a basal rosette pattern. It grows best under moist, shaded conditions near cultivated areas. Culantro is rich in iron, carotene, riboflavin and calcium; it is better suited to being frozen than the more delicate leaves of cilantro. This plant is widely used as food flavoring and seasoning herb for dishes and chutney in the Caribbean; it is popular in Asia for food use. Puerto Rico uses it extensively in stews, soups, and beans.
Eryngium foetidum is a tropical perennial and annual herb in the family Apiaceae. (Eryngium foetidium) Also called Eryngo or Ngo Gai, this plant is very popular in Vietnam and Thailand; And the Caribbean,it is famous for its cilantro-like taste. This plant is a must for many South Asian and Caribbean dishes and grows very well in warm weather.
Cultivation: Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in part shade in spring/summer and keep moist to delay bolting. Seeds can take up to 25 days to germinate. If transplanting seedlings, use care, as they don't like their roots disturbed. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed.