Mexican Coriander = Culantro
CULANTRO is often mistaken for cilantro by English speakers. Although culantro and coriander (cilantro leaves) are in the same plant family, they are of different species.
The scientific name of the cilantro plant is Coriandrum sativum, while the scientific name of culantro is Eryngium foetidum.
Also known as fitweed, long coriander, wild coriander, spiritweed, sawtooth, saw-leaf herb in English, culantro is an herb native to Mexico and South America. It is now grown all over the world.
It is used in salsa and to spice up soups and stews. You can use it in rice dishes like arroz al culantro, chicken dishes like pollo al culantro, or mix it up with frijoles negros (black beans).0