Sorry if my post was not clear. It was not carried in one store Ed went into...they were out in another. However, he didn't ask for coriander, that's true. I know they don't carry it in our local grocery store, but then they don't carry eggplant either.
Sorry if you already knew that, but I'm really surprised that you aren't able to find it. I would generally expect it to be in most grocery stores, even in the smaller towns. I shop fairly regularly in two grocery stores in Orillia, Ontario (not suggesting you go to Orillia to get cilantro, it's just fairly small, population about 30,000), and I can't remember any occasion they didn't have it.
Hope that helps,
I cant believe you cant find it where you live. We had it in Exeter( pop 4400). Although, they called it Corriander( on the reciept). That bugged me because thats the seed, not the leaf.
When I lived in Exeter, I could even get jicama too.
Furthermore, Peterborough is quite an insular, non-mosaic small city with very few minorities, other than Asian and Trent University students. It's just the way it is. I have seen Jicama at the one store downtown which tends to cater to the various minority groups in the city, but not every time. Nor cassava. We do have two Asian markets...or maybe three. We can get just about everything Asian for cooking.
One major Mexican restaurant, a popular chain elsewhere in Ontario,with the best location in the entire city folded up about a year ago. Another small independent one opened several months ago and I spoke to the owner recently and it's not doing well. I asked why he has no pork on the menu: folks here won't eat it in Mexican food. Etc. I might add that he has a thriving restuarant in Port Perry which is 9,500 compared to Peterpatch at about 70,000. Etc.