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Jun 17, 2010 05:11 PM

Are t he ferny tips of cilantro edible?

I know the stems are, per a CI taste test, but what about the ferny tips that form when the plant starts to bolt? It's been 95 degrees here all week and everything is bolting but I have a hankering for some cilantro dip....

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  1. All of cilantro is edible, including the roots, which are actually sought after for Thai (and some Indian?) applications.

    1. And The Seeds Better Know as Coriander

      6 Replies
      1. re: chefj

        Yes, it's funny how they are never referred to as "cilantro seeds."

        The roots have exceptional flavor.

        1. re: bushwickgirl

          but cilantro -is- referred to as coriander leaf. :P

          Becky> those tips are the same "consistency" (?) as dill and fennel... so i use em on salmon, potatoes and to top salads.

          Now if only there was a use for bolted chinese cabbage. :(

          1. re: WhatThePho

            Yes, back many years ago when I first heard of cilantro, long before it's great popularity and widespread availability, it was referred to as coriander leaf or Chinese parsley.

          2. re: bushwickgirl

            Yep. you really need the rots when trying to produce a good Thai curry paste or Thai Grilled Chicken. Lao cooking uses them as well. The Lao stores around hear carry them with some hefty roots.

              1. re: chefj

                Thank you for clarifying, it"s early and my mind was swirling! Thought there might be a new herb I was missing out on!