cilantroinfo: Cilantro is the leaves of the coriander plant – they have a pungent and intense flavor.

Wrap loosely in paper towels & refrigerate for for up to a week.

preparation: Wash well in cold water. Cilantro is eaten fresh, usually sprinkled as a garnish or topping. Diced or minced it can also be added to soups, stews, and curries.



from The Encyclopedia of Spices

Originally grown around present day Greece, cilantro has been used as a culinary herb since at least 5,000 B.C. It is mentioned in Sanskrit text and the Bible. Pliny the Elder (23-79 A.D.) used the name Coriandrum after “coris”, the Greek word for “bedbug” as it was said they both emitted a similar odour. Coriander is one of the herbs thought to have aphrodisiac qualities; the Chinese used it in love potions and in The Thousand and One Nights a man who had been childless for 40 years is cured with a coriander concotion. Spanish conquistadors introduced it to Mexico and Peru where it now commonly pairs with chilies in the local cuisine. …  read more