Culantro is a must-have herb I became educated about while learning about Caribbean Latin food. Basically it is an extremely potent version of cilantro with an exaggerated crisp, clean aroma. As polarizing of an herb cilantro can be, I have often served culantro-based dishes to cilantro haters and they seemed to not have a problem. Due to its strength culantro is not typically consumed in a fresh form, as in the way cilantro is used in a salsa. It is most frequently used in a cooked state … in soups or stews.