Cilantro (Coriander)

An herb

Origin

Cilantro (short for Coriander) is a Chinese parsley. It is native to regions spanning from southern Europe and northern Africa to southwestern Asia.
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Botinical Information

Cilantro is an herb in the Apiaceae (parsley) family. It has wide delicate lacy green leaves and a pungent flavor. We use the leaves and usually not the stems.
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Common Culinary Uses

Used in sweet and savory dishes. It is usually used at the beginning and right after cooking to get flavor.

Can be used whole or ground as a seasoning. Fresh has the best flavor.

Health Benefits

  • Help prevent cardiovascular damage
  • Remedy for diabetes
  • Strong antioxidant activity
  • Anti-anxiety effects
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Lower blood-sugar

Interesting Facts

  • Cilantro was brought to the North American colonies by the English in 1670
  • Cilantro leaves have high antioxidant properties and can delay or prevent food from spoiling