What Is Chadon Beni?

chadon beni

A key ingredient (herb) used mostly in the Southern Caribbean as well in Latin and Asian cuisine, Chadon beni is very similar in flavor to cilantro (coriander) but much more pungent. Used primarily in marinating meats and in pickles, it can be a bit overpowering so a little goes a long way. Chadon Beni is also a key ingredient in Caribbean Green Seasoning and when finely diced can be an excellent topping to finish off any curry dish.

This herb has a multitude of alternate names, which adds to the confusion for many cooks. Formally, chadon beni is known as Eryngium foetidum, but it is also known by bhandhanya, fitweed, long coriander, false cilantro, culantro, recao, shado beni, sawtooth, spiritweed, ngo gai, ketumbar java, Mexican coriander, donnia, and spiritweed, among many other names. This profusion of alternate titles is especially frustrating for cooks who try to work with ethnic recipes, as many people are unaware of alternate names for the herb.

 

Here’s a quick video I did explaining what Chadon beni is, how to shop for it and where to shop for it:

 

If you’re looking for recipes using Chadon beni, check out CaribbeanPot.com

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. John
    September 24, 2015 / 12:47 am

    Would you by any chance know where I could find shadon Benny in Hamilton/ Toronto ,Canada area ??? Not sure if ya living in de U.S or Canada but was real looking t’a find dis up here … Lol,,, On a serious note ; really looking 4 de ting ! Tried to plant it a couple of years ago bringing it back from Trinidad, to then realize after a year with no growth & investigation (lol!) that it strictly grows in a Tropical Hemishere that gives it 12 hrs day light/ 12 hrs night … Would love to discover a local grocery or market that has it !

    • John
      September 24, 2015 / 12:49 am

      Would you by any chance know where I could find shadon Benny in Hamilton/ Toronto ,Canada area ??? Not sure if ya living in de U.S or Canada but was real looking t’a find dis up here … Lol,,, On a serious note ; really looking 4 de ting ! Tried to plant it a couple of years ago bringing it back from Trinidad, to then realize after a year with no growth & investigation (lol!) that it strictly grows in a Tropical Hemishere that gives it 12 hrs day light/ 12 hrs night … Would love to discover a local grocery or market that has it !

      • chris
        October 19, 2015 / 2:45 am

        John, Shado beni can be grown here (Canada with success – my cousin does so every year here in hamilton). You can get it at Nations in Jackson Square or any of the West Indian (try Charlies in Mississauga) Grocery in the GTA or any of the Asian markets – the Asian markets stock it as they use it a lot in their cooking/dishes.

  2. Nazirah Hosein
    February 14, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    I want to buy sadow benny wholesale. I will pay $10. per pound. Not a prank.

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