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What is Cilantro? What is Parsley? How to tell the difference…

35 Comments | Written on April 16, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

I grew up in a household where we were always cooking.  Day in and day out for family meals, entertaining at holidays, or, more often than not, testing recipes for cooking contests.  My mom was constantly busy in the kitchen, which meant my dad was often given the task of running to the grocery store for a last minute essential ingredient.

Now, my dad is an excellent food taster and even better dishwasher, but the culinary arts are certainly not his forte.  Inevitably about 20 minutes after he left the house the phone would ring.  Before even picking up the receiver my mom would know, “Daddy has a question…”  This was a much better outcome than the times he would just guess then come home with the wrong ingredient.  I can remember many instances when my mom opened up the grocery bag, ready to finish off a recipe, and sighing, “Bill!  You got cilantro instead of parsley!”

For the novice cook, the difference between Italian Flat Leaf Parsley and Cilantro can be confusing at first since they are often located near each other in the produce aisle.  There is one very easy rule of thumb that can help anyone (even my dad) differentiate between the two.

Keep reading for an easy trick to always tell the difference…

All you have to remember is “P is for Parsley because the leaves are Pointy” and “C is for Cilantro because the leaves are Curved!”

Recipes using Italian Flat Leaf Parsley:

Sicilian Swordfish Steaks

Oven Roasted Potatoes

Butternut Squash and Lentil Casserole

Decadent Crab Mac and Cheese

Italian Rigatoni Pie

Warm Mediterranean Farro Salad

Scandinavian Summer Soup

Barbecued Shrimp Scampi

Peruvian Lomo Saltado

Recipes using Cilantro:

Fish Taco Salad

Quinoa and Black Bean Burger Sliders

Santa Fe Salsa Salad

Warm Butternut Squash and Black Bean Salsa

Cold Lemon Soba Noodles

Limeade Chicken

Sriracha Spiked Sesame Slaw

Thai Chicken Pizza

Inside-Out Chinese Spring Roll Salad

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