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Cilantro

Cilantro is a bright green, flat-leafed herb that's often used in Latin American and Southeast Asian cooking. It can add a fresh flavor to many dishes, including salsa.

Its flavor is similar to parsley, though it's a bit more tangy. Many people love the taste of cilantro, but some people describe it as tasting like soap.

If you want to grow cilantro in your garden, you can start it from seed or purchase transplants.

In Florida, it's best to grow cilantro in fall and winter, since it tends to flower and go to seed in hot weather.

And here's a fun fact: technically, cilantro is the same herb as coriander. When the leaves of the plant are used as a seasoning, it's known as cilantro. When the seeds are used, it's called coriander.

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