CILANTRO

-TAMER DELATI

ORIGIN

No one is quite sure where Cilantro originated, but it is thought by many to be from the Mediteranean region of Europe. No one is absolutely certain, but it appears that cilantro has been used for at least 5000 years.

BOTANICAL INFO.

Coriander, an umbelliferous plant indigenous to southern Europe, is found occasionally in Britain in fields and waste places, and by the sides of rivers. It is frequently found in a semi-wild state in the east of England, having escaped from cultivation.
We use stem and leaves. (Herb)

CULINARY USES

Cilantro is savory. Cilantro is a double duty herb. Its seeds are knows as coriander and its leaves are known as cilantro. This distinct tasting herb is perfect for indoor and kitchen gardens. It resembles flat parsley in its appearance and is sometimes called Chinese parsley. With its refreshing, cooling taste, it is easy to see why cilantro is used with the spicy dishes so common to Latin cuisine.


Fresh.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Disease preventing
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamins (vitamin-A, vitamin K)
  • Minerals
  • Low-calorie
  • Healing phytonutrients

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The seeds of the plant are always referred to as coriander.
  • Coriander/cilantro has been around since biblical times.
  • Depending on the goal of growing cilantro/coriander you should plant in full sun if you desire seeds for coriander or in partial shade if you want cilantro for culinary or medicinal needs.
  • Cilantro leaves are used to flavor dishes from the Middle East, Latin America and Southeastern Asia.
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