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SHADO BENI/CULANTRO

This herb is widely used in the Caribbean and is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. It is an excellent seasoning for meats, sauces, relishes, etc. In Trinidad and Tobago, it is one of the main ingredients in green seasoning. Because of its rich flavor, it is added to many sauces, dips and chutneys. Any proper chow (pickled fruit) must include shado beni.

Like its Spanish name suggests, shado beni is in the same family as cilantro or coriander, which is better known in the temperate climes. It has a similar taste and smell but shado beni is much more intense. This is why we love it in Caribbean cuisine. It also keeps longer than cilantro in the refrigerator. It is hardy, strong, pungent, and flavorful.

In addition to its culinary uses, shado beni has long been applied in traditional medicine. It is known as “fitweed” in Tobago and Guyana because it is used as an anti-epileptic and anti-seizure herb. Fevers, chills, indigestion, and upset stomach are some of the wide array of illnesses treated with shado beni tea. The University of the West Indies has also done some research into the benefits of the herb in the treatment of worms. In tropical environments, worming is still common. I remember my grandmother regularly giving me worm medicine as a child, a tribute to the wisdom of the elders. Nowadays, this practice is dying leaving us increasingly exposed to infection by these pesky parasites.

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From a nutritional standpoint, shado beni is rich in calcium, iron, beta-carotene, and vitamin B2. It is also quite easy to grow, Herbalpedia gives detailed instructions. It’s on my wish list for the kitchen garden I am starting this spring, provided I can find a plant If you don’t want to grow your own, the herb is readily available in Latino and Asian groceries in the US. In the Caribbean, you can find it at any market, supermarket, wayside vendor, or even growing wild.

 


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12/12/2016 9:37pm

There are a lot of alternatives nowadays. Medicines are everywhere. But for me, still, the best is the traditional way of taking medications. For me, it is much more effective than any other. Whenever my child is sick, I would just get some herbs then cooked it. He will be fine afterwards. Thank you for posting this. I hope that the information helped a lot to all the readers, the way it was for me.

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08/12/2016 1:19am

Yeah, this herb is very popular indeed! I like this article about it.

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Though I haven't heard anything about this herb before, I think this is still pretty interesting. There are a lot of benefits in consuming shado beni already, so you'd know that this plant is good for you. I just wish that more people would know what this herb is all about. Thank you for sharing this information and have a nice day.

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I haven't heard about this herb before. At least now I know something about it.

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