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Where to find culantro?

KitchenAid Jul 11, 2006 03:23 PM

Has anyone seen this around? I was thinking maybe the Super 88 but I wasn't dure.

No, it's not cilantro misspelled, but a different herb. Thanks.

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  1. Gary Soup RE: KitchenAid Jul 11, 2006 03:31 PM

    Try a supermarket with a Caribbean/Latin American clientele.

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      KitchenAid RE: KitchenAid Jul 11, 2006 03:36 PM

      Any recommendations between back Bay and Dorchester?


      1. elbev RE: KitchenAid Jul 11, 2006 03:41 PM

        One can easily purchase culantro at almost any supermarket or bodega in Jamaica Plain. It is a staple of Dominican cooking (especially prominent in soups, I am told). In fact, what you probably known as cilantro would be referred to as 'cilantrillo' (literally 'little cilantro') in Dominican Spanish to disambiguate between the little leafy one and the thicker, leafier and more pungently flavored counsin that you seek. Puerto Ricans call it 'recao'.

        According to wiki, culantro (or Eryngium foetidum) is also a staple of Vietnamese cooking, so you can probably also find it at one of the several Asian markets in town that cater to the Vietnamese community.

        While we are on this, I must admit that I was a bit surprised to learn this is also a staple of Vietnamese food. Can any of you hounds think of particular dishes that feature the herb and restaurants that make them especially well?

        1. ponyboy RE: KitchenAid Jul 11, 2006 03:55 PM

          Market Basket in Somerville has had it in the past.

          1. MB fka MB RE: KitchenAid Jul 11, 2006 04:05 PM

            I'm pretty sure Tropical Foods on Washington Street outside of Dudley has it. I've seen it recently at Russo's in Watertown and also the Somerville Market Basket (but not always).

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              KitchenAid RE: MB fka MB Jul 12, 2006 01:21 PM

              Found it here. Thanks!

            2. yumyum RE: KitchenAid Jul 11, 2006 04:05 PM

              Last time I saw culantro it was at the C-Market in Chinatown, although I bet Super 88 has it too if that would be more convenient for you.

              1. itaunas RE: KitchenAid Jul 11, 2006 04:15 PM

                HiLo would be my first suggestion, but might not be convenient. I am pretty certain the Super88 in Malden had it when I was in a bit over a week ago and I haven't seen it recently at MB in Somerville.

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                  omnivoracious RE: KitchenAid Jul 11, 2006 06:47 PM

                  It's not between Back Bay and Dorchester, but I saw culantro at Russo's three days ago. They always stock it.

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                    maryv RE: KitchenAid Jul 12, 2006 09:04 PM

                    I saw something labeled as "recul" at Super 88/Dorchester on Saturday that might have been it. (recao + culantro = recul? ) I had my eye out for culantro/recao/rao ram and this is the closest I saw.

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