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6 Less Common Herbs & Spices for the Kitchen

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3. Culantro.

What It Is: Culantro is a popular herb in Latin American and Caribbean cooking, as well as in South and Southeast Asia, and, as you might image, is related to cilantro. Their taste is quite similar, but culantro is much stronger than its more popular cousin. In Florida and Hawaii, culantro is an invasive weed. Outside of these climates, growing culantro outdoors can be difficult.

Use: Use it in salsa, sofrito, or chutney. Explore the cuisines of the regions it is popular for more ideas, or use (sparingly) in place of cilantro.

Image Credit: Forest & Kim Starr.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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5:18PM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

3:11AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Thanks, will have to find more of them.

8:23AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

good ideas

1:12AM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

noted

8:41AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

I love sorrel, it's delicious, and really easy to grow. Please google "Potage Germiny" or "Cream of Sorrel soup", and you'll find an awesome recipe for this lovely herb. But, be sure to pick it before it starts growing flower stems, as the plant then gets tougher and stringy.

10:17PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

Interesting herbs, thanks for info.

3:47PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Cool, thanks.

12:08PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

interesting! now where can you find these lovely herbs?

1:48AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing. Lovage is still popular in Greece, as well as chervil and sorrel.

11:56PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Shared, thanks for the article. :)

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