Herbs forum: Culantro

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 5, 2018 5:25 AM CST
Starting a thread for this herb which is new for me.
It is also called Sawtooth herb, and Mexican coriander.
Latin name is Eryngium foetidum. It is supposed to taste like Cilantro but does NOT bolt.

A few seeds have been placed in sterile moist medium and placed in very warm conditions.

Has anyone grown Culantro from seeds ? Any suggestions ?

Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 5, 2018 6:13 AM CST
This is not one I'm familiar with. You made me go reading on the interweb as I've not seen it mentioned in my herbal books.

Apparently you are on the right track with this info...
Germination

Cilantro and culantro are grown from seeds. You can start cilantro indoors or out, but culantro is usually started indoors with a heat mat because it takes a long time to establish when started outdoors. Culantro seeds need three weeks or more at soil temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees to germinate.
Sounds like the only other thing needed is patience. Whistling

Apparently it is not inclined to bolt as it is biennual. I will be interested to follow your progress. Thumbs up
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Feb 5, 2018 6:16 AM CST
Looking at photos of the plant, I actually think I have seen it in the past with Hispanic vendors at the flea markets but didn't know what I was looking at.

I would love to see a photo of the bloom as well.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: James
Fabens,TX (Zone 8a)
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Txtea
Feb 5, 2018 2:51 PM CST
As i said in your other thread I grew this from seed several years ago. I do recall it took for ever to germinate I had no bottom heat. I did start it indoors under lights. Seed are very small and fine. And to be honest almost gave up on them. Have used in cooking a few Cuban dishes. Has a flavor on the lines of Cilantro but much milder. I am sure you will enjoy. Hope you have a wonderful crop.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 6, 2018 8:13 AM CST
The seeds are on a shelf near the furnace and under lights.
It is about 80 ºF there.
Name: James
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Txtea
Feb 11, 2018 3:53 PM CST
@CarolineScott, I sure would like to know when and if the seed of Culantro Sprouted for you. I think i might still have a few need to look, but they might be so old they are not viable any more. If they grow for you i am sure you will enjoy the taste. I always did. but i also like cilantro. Best to you
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fwmosher
Mar 1, 2018 4:22 PM CST
Caroline, I love Cilantro even though as you have pointed out, Culantro is "a relative" but with the distinct "Cilantro" taste. I have been "stalling" on placing an order for herbs through Richters, ON. and sure enough, there it is, seeds and plants. I will get some started in the near future. I also grow
"Mexican Cilantro", which is different in looks, but same taste, and the tall version with the seeds, and the "Chinese Parsley", which is like single Cilantro leaves, which when clipped, come back two or three times. "Calypso" is similar. Happy growing!!
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Mar 1, 2018 5:00 PM CST
What is the plant you call Mexican cilantro?
And also what is the plant Chinese Parsley ?

Richter's is a good source. I have an order in for some plug packs. They won't come until June.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Mar 16, 2018 6:02 AM CST
I think that I have sprouts on the second batch which were started on soil, and kept around 20 º C or 70 º F .
The Clothier database suggests 68 º F , and it looks to me that is a better temperature. There are no sprouts on those kept warmer.
The sprouts are very tiny, but I think they are there.
So about 2 weeks at about 70 º F .
Name: James
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Txtea
Mar 16, 2018 5:49 PM CST
Congratulations I knew they took some time. And just as long to grow much, but I did have leaves at least 6 inches long, when I grew them years ago. Happy for you!
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Apr 24, 2018 9:43 AM CST
These are about 6 or 7 weeks from sowing and kept in shaded south window.



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Name: James
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Txtea
Apr 29, 2018 7:27 PM CST
They are looking good, when they triple in size you will be able to taste. I am sure you will like it.
Name: Andrea Reagan
Astatula, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Kevalsha
May 9, 2018 9:19 PM CST
I grow Mexican coriander, which I call recao. My best success has been growing them in the "Farm Daddy" which is a big self watering container that has a hose attached and the roots get the water as needed. So the plants are always moist. That is the way Mexican coriander likes it.

I harvest my "recao" and grind it with cubanelle peppers, onions, garlic, a bit of olive oil and a small sweet pepper from Puerto Rico (I also grow this pepper in Florida zone 9). I put the mixture in ice cube trays and then store the cubes in a plastic bag in the freezer. When I make beans I add a cube and for "arroz con pollo" (rice with chicken) I add two cubes. You can add the cubes to soups too.
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plantmanager
May 9, 2018 9:26 PM CST
I had to bookmark your post, Andrea. I love the idea of the frozen spice cubes. Those are things I use for a lot of different recipes.
I also want to try growing the culantro.

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 10, 2018 9:12 AM CST
The title to this thread should be changed to Culantro and Cilantro and similar tasting plants.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Sep 13, 2018 1:19 PM CST
CUlantro did not grow over summer, but now that it is indoors in shaded
Window, it is growing again. Cooler here too.

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