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The great Cilantro Shortage of 2013...

 
 
Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 07:20 pm

we're big cilantro fans here at chez philbis -- we buy it fresh in a large plastic container at our local supermarket every week.

starting in march of this year the large containers vanished, and were replaced by smaller ones.

now it has completely vanished.

last weekend, for gits and shiggles, we went to a mega whole foods market... i figured if anyone in bahstin would have it, it would be them.

nope!

is fresh cilantro available where you shop for produce?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 07:24 pm
@Region Philbis,
Containers?
JPB
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 07:25 pm
@Region Philbis,
Yes, it's still available here but the price has skyrocketed. The seeds I threw in a pot are finally ready to harvest.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 07:26 pm
@ossobuco,

these jobs --
http://www.gianteagle.com/ProductImages/PRODUCT_NODE_1442/99804.jpg
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 07:28 pm
@JPB,

we may have to go that route and try growing our own...
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 07:33 pm
@Region Philbis,
snort (sorry..)
roger
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 07:36 pm
And here I was wondering if anyone would notice if it completely disappeared.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 07:37 pm
@ossobuco,

that's the small size we were getting most recently...


the large ones were about this size, maybe a little smaller --

http://strawberrysue.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/CA23139.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 07:38 pm
@Region Philbis,
Something is incorrect.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 07:42 pm

i googled "cilantro shortage" in News and got just one hit -- from october of last year...
roger
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 07:44 pm
@Region Philbis,
That proves it! Even google has pulled cilantro.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 07:44 pm
@ossobuco,
I'm all for growing herbs, one way or another. Go for it.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 08:09 pm
@roger,

a popular garnish is taken from us and no one bats an eye?

where's the outrage, dag-nabbit...
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 08:11 pm
@Region Philbis,
popular?
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 08:11 pm
@Region Philbis,
parsley is a decent substitute...

(we still have cilantro as far as I know. I will investigate tomorrow when I go to market)
JPB
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 08:39 pm
@Region Philbis,
I've never seen packages like that for cilantro. If you go to an international produce market or even Whole Foods then look for bundles near the parsley

http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/596908/596908,1282088998,3/stock-photo-bunch-of-fresh-cilantro-isolated-on-white-59250232.jpg
laughoutlood
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 08:49 pm
@Region Philbis,
Let them eat coriander.

Think where you might find Chinese parsley, perhaps the growers have some.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 09:14 pm
@JPB,
usually limp..
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Ceili
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 09:57 pm
Get a pot and some seeds and you'll never have to buy again. Trust me. It self seeds.
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 11:10 pm
Personally, I would not substitute parsley for cilantro. They're similar in appearance only. The taste is quite different.



Does parsley have any taste? Most people I know use it only for decorative purposes. Nobody actually eats the parsley. (Though, I'm told, it's a useful diuretic for medicinal use.)
 

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