FITWEED RECAO FRESH (click image to view)



Product: Fresh Fitweed Culantro Recao 

$5.10-pound | ($0.35/oz) 

Reg.$9.16 lb

There is approximately 4 oz wt. per bunch.

MOQ: 11 lbs

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About the Product

Fitweed is a pungent herb with long, glossy green, serrated leaves. The plant grows like lettuce, the thin leaves growing in a rosette pattern around a small central stem.

  • Availability All Year
  • Hand-selected, Hand-picked
  • Vegan, Gluten free, All Natural
  • FDA Certified
  • High Vacuum Packing or Shrink Film
  • Product of Mexico

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Vacuum packing is a method of packaging that removes air from the package prior to sealing. Shrink film is sometimes used to have a tight fit to the contents. Vacuum packing reduces atmospheric oxygen, limiting the growth of aerobic bacteria or fungi, and preventing the evaporation of volatile components. 

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Fitweed is a pungent herb with long, glossy green, serrated leaves. The plant grows like lettuce, the thin leaves growing in a rosette pattern around a small central stem. The leaves grow up to almost one foot in height and up to two inches wide; the small, serrated teeth developing harmless yellow spines. The aroma of Fitweed Culantro is said to have a bit of an odd smell that can be likened to that of a squashed stink bug. The smell aside, it has a flavor similar to that of cilantro, only more intense.

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When mature, the plant develops a thick flower stem that grows tall above the plant. The stems are multi-branched with spiky, green flowers and a white center. The flavor of Fitweed Culantro is diminished after it flowers; so leaves are typically harvested before the plant develops its flower stems.


Fitweed Culantro is available year-round.

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Current Facts

It is a leafy herb in the same family as parsley, celery, and carrots. In the United States, it is often confused for the similarly spelled, cilantro, which also shares a similar aroma flavor profile, furthering the confusion. The two herbs are unrelated; botanically, is classified as Eryngium foetidum. In addition to being mislabeled as cilantro, the herb is sometimes called Saw-toothed mint and Long-leafed coriander or called “cilantro de hoja ancha,” meaning ‘wide-leaf cilantro’ in Spanish.


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Thanks to the increasing popularity of Puerto Rican, the Caribbean and other Latin American cuisines Culantro’s is becoming more well-known outside of its native region.

Nutritional Value

Is a vitamin and mineral rich herb that has been used for hundreds of years for both its nutritional value and medicinal qualities. Fitweed Culantro contains vitamins A, B-complex and C, as well as calcium, carotene, iron, and riboflavin.


Fitweed Culantro is widely used in the cuisine of Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries. The intense flavor of Culantro stands up to the heat of cooking, whereas the more delicate cilantro will not. Though Fitweed Culantro is used interchangeably with cilantro throughout its native area. Culantro is used fresh in salsas, chutneys and marinades, or added to soups, stews, and sauces.



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The South American herb is the main ingredient in ‘sofrito’ or ‘recaito,’ a blend of Culantro and cilantro, along with garlic, onion, green pepper, and small mild peppers. This blend is used in countless other recipes, and can vary depending on the cook, but is always the main ingredient. Preserve it by blending the chopped herb with olive or grapeseed oil and freezing the mixture for future use. Keep unwashed Culantro, wrapped in plastic, in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Medicinal Value Of Fitweed

  • This plant has calcium, iron, carotene, and riboflavin.
  • The harvested leaves are used as a flavoring for meat and other foods.
  • The name fitweed is derived from its supposedly anti-convulsion ingredients.
  • The leaves are used for curing flu, diabetes, constipation, and fevers.
  • The leaves are in big demand USA and sold in various supermarkets. One exporter who is based in Trinidad exports 2.4 tons of fresh culantro leaves to the US.
  • This herb is used extensively in West Indies, especially in the Caribbean and in India and Korea.
  • It is used as a seasoning in chutneys, meat dishes, sauces, preserves, and snacks.
  • The fragrance emitted from the leaves is somewhat like a crushed bedbug.
  • This ornamental herb has thick roots and waxy leaves with wonderful blue flowers in cymose heads.
  • It has tap roots with long branched roots.
  • The oblanceolate leaves, arranged spirally around the short thick stem, form a basal rosette and are as much as 30 cm long and 4 cm broad.
  • The leaf margin is serrated, each tooth of the margin containing a small yellow spine.
  • The plant produces a well-branched cluster of flower heads in spikes forming the characteristic umbel inflorescence on a long stalk arising from the center of the leaf rosette.
  • In Caribbean Islands, it is found lavishly in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • It grows well under full sunshine and partially shaded moist locations.
  • Fitweed generally grows in a wide variety of soils and it does best in moist well-drained sandy loams high in organic matter particularly under full light.
  • Culantro is free from dangerous infestations but suffers from leaf spot problems.
  • The flower heads are attractive to green insects such as lacewings, ladybugs.
  • The culantro leaves are more pungent compared to cilantro.
  • The culantro plant is very popular in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore and the people living in these countries use it as a flavoring in salads, soups and other meat products.
  • The plant is used in traditional medicines for fevers and chills, vomiting, diarrhea, colds, pneumonia, flu, diabetes, constipation, malaria fever and convulsions in children.
  • The juice of the leaves is applied to the areas affected by scorpion sting.

Green Salad with Fitweed and Cilantro Dressing

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Recao is culantro in Puerto Rican-speak, so this seasoning is called recaito, or “little culantro.”

Packing Details

Vacuum packing is a method of packaging that removes air from the package prior to sealing. Shrink film is sometimes used to have a tight fit to the contents. Vacuum packing reduces atmospheric oxygen, limiting the growth of aerobic bacteria or fungi, and preventing the evaporation of volatile components.

  • Unit Type: Piece
  • Carton Box
  • Package Weight: 4 lbs
  • Package Size: 13.11in x 12.67in x 3.93in

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 13.11 × 12.67 × 3.93 in

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