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