Cilantro

Year-Round

Health Benefits

Full of vitamins and minerals, this herb has an unusual array of healing phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. It is also rich in antibiotic, anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. Its leaves and seeds contain various essential oils that are useful in traditional medicines. Cilantro is also an aphrodisiac, natural stimulant, aids digestion, lowers blood sugar, helps with insomnia, and strengthens bones.

History

Cilantro, also referred to as coriander, has a culinary history dating back a millennium. The pronounced herb has been mentioned in biblical references and appear in ancient Sanskrit dating from around 15000 BC. The Egyptians heavily used cilantro in their meals, and coriander seeds have even been found in Egyptian tombs.

Recipes to Try

How to Store

Cilantro will last 3-7 days if kept slightly damp. To store, wrap unused cilantro in a damp paper towel, place inside a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator. Another method of storage is to place the bunch in a glass of water with only the stems submerged, loosely covering the leaves with a plastic bag. This tends to keep the flavor fresh longer than storing the cilantro in the refrigerator.

How to Prepare

Dunk and swish cilantro in a bowl of water, holding it by the stems, allowing the dirt to fall to the bottom of the bowl. Shake off excess water and pat dry with paper towels. Begin slicing off stems at desired size, only slicing off as much as you need (the unused portion will last longer uncut). Hold you knife’s tip steady on the board while you rock the blade back and forth to finely chop cilantro. Do not over-chop, or the herb will turn black.

Ways to Enjoy

Cilantro brightens even the simplest of dishes. Use whole leaves to top chili, soups, quesadillas, sour cream, or plain yogurt. Combine with shredded carrots, cabbage, radishes and other crunchy veggies to make a delicious slaw. Experiment with garlic, olive oils, marinades, salad dressings, salsas, pestos, stir-fries, and curry dishes. Cilantro can also be used as a garnish on tacos, guacamole, nachos, enchiladas, and noodle salads.

Health Benefits

Full of vitamins and minerals, this herb has an unusual array of healing phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. It is also rich in antibiotic, anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. Its leaves and seeds contain various essential oils that are useful in traditional medicines. Cilantro is also an aphrodisiac, natural stimulant, aids digestion, lowers blood sugar, helps with insomnia, and strengthens bones.

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