Cilantro is an annual, aromatic herb that is also known as coriander or Chinese parsley and experts believe that it is one of the oldest herbs in the world. Considered to have been around since biblical times, cilantro may have been referenced in ancient texts originating from China, Egypt, India and the Roman Empire. The… Read More »
Cilantro is an annual, aromatic herb that is also known as coriander or Chinese parsley and experts believe that it is one of the oldest herbs in the world. Considered to have been around since biblical times, cilantro may have been referenced in ancient texts originating from China, Egypt, India and the Roman Empire.
The entire part of the cilantro plant is edible with the leaves being most popular and typically eaten fresh picked raw or cooked. Cilantro is said to have a slightly citrus taste which can enhance the flavor and nutrition of a variety of dishes adding flavor to salads, salsa, chutney, pesto, sauces, dips, dressings and marinades. Cilantro is a dominant ingredient in cuisines around the world including Indian, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Caribbean, Mediterranean, North African, and Eastern European. The root, stems and seeds are said to have a stronger taste than the leaves and they are typically ground up and used for Thai Curry pastes. Cilantro pairs well with a wide variety of foods and can be seen combined with avocado, beans, cheese, chicken, eggs, fish, lamb, lentils, mayonnaise, peppers, pork, rice, salads, salsas, shellfish, tomatoes, and yogurt.
Cilantro leaves are said to have high antioxidant properties that may delay or prevent food from spoiling. Low in calories, health experts believe that the many phytonutrients found in cilantro may serve as anti-inflammatory and antibacterial purposes and may contribute to lowering cholesterol when ingested. Cilantro is rich in several vitamins like A, C and K. Vitamin A is said to be an antioxidant that is vital for healthy eyes, teeth and skin as well as cell growth and a strong immune system. Vitamin C is said to be a powerful antioxidant that may help boost the immune system, maintain skin’s health and healing properties. Vitamin K is said to be vital for the body’s normal blood clotting and may be important for bone health. Rich in fiber, it also contains necessary trace minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium and manganese.
To store, place in a loose plastic bag in the refrigerator or you may place cut herbs in a jar of water and loosely cover the leaves with a plastic bag. Make sure to change the water every day for the freshest taste to keep long lasting.
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