Although the two are cousins, they look nothing alike and are quite easy to differentiate by appearance.
* Elongated leaves have tapered tips and serrated edges; club shaped with bristly margins
* Pungent aroma and similar in taste to cilantro but with stronger flavor
* Stimulates appetite and aids in digestion
* May be boiled and made into tea that can help treat flu, pneumonia, diarrhea, fever and vomiting
* In some countries, culantro is administered to cure convulsions in children, which is why it is called fitweed.
* High content of calcium, beta-carotene, riboflavin and iron
Tips for Use:
* It gives a unique flavour to many popular dishes, especially salsa and sofrito (a combination of peppers, garlic, onion and culantro).
* It is also used widely in India and South-East Asia to flavour curries, rice and noodle dishes in particular.