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Nov 4, 2007 09:56 AM

Anyone know where to find Cilantro?

Was all over St. Lawrence Market yesterday, as well as Harvest Wagon and Pusateris Yorkville, and could not find cilantro. Any help would be appreciated. Also, why is there such a dearth of chili pepper varieties? Harvest wagon has a decent selection, but at the Market, supply was exptremely limited. Thanks!

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  1. Forgive me if you already know this, but you might look for cilantro by it's other name, coriander. If you're looking for fresh herbs, I suggest crossing the street from SLM to the Farmers' Market. There's a stand at the south end in the middle that has pretty good stuff. Go early for best selection. Try not to be intoxicated by the aromas. I dare you.

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    1. re: Googs

      Chinatown will definitely have it. Your local grocers or supermarket should carry it as well...and yes, both cilantro and coriander have been known to be used interchangably!

    2. When you talk about cilantro, one usually refers to the fresh herb. Coriander is the seed from cilantro, in other words a spice. The three places where you went have great produce, but sometimes for the really special/ unusual products, you should goto either of the two chinatowns, or kensington.

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      1. re: freeflychef

        I'd respectfully disagree with freeflychef. It depends which part of the world you come from. In much of the world, "coriander" refers to both the plant and seeds of the plant. In the Western Hemisphere, "cilantro" is usually the plant itself (leaves and stems), while the seed is called "coriander". In Indian cooking, the plant is definitely called, "coriander". I know--I put a whole chopped bunch of coriander into the aloo gobi that I make.

        1. In common lingo, although technically incorrect, cilantro = coriander. Any grocery store should carry it.

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          1. re: vorpal

            Vorpal is right. While Yongeman may be technically correct, I see the terms used interchangeably for the plant. Seeds are always coriander.

            1. re: bluedog

              In my family, we never mentioned "cilantro", it was either coriander seeds or leaves. I don't even remember anyone mentioning "cilantro" 15 or 20 years ago.

            2. re: vorpal

              I noted that the OP seems to be American where I think only the term cilantro is used. I wanted to clear up any confusion with terms used commonly in Canada and not in the US in order to aid their search. Hence, coriander.

            3. You can find cilantro pretty consistently at the chinese supermarket on the east side of Spadina, just north of Dundas (the one where you go down a few steps to get inside). They are the most consistent vendor of thai basil too, btw.