Cilantro

What is it?

An aromatic Mediterranean plant of the parsley family, the leaves and seeds of which are used as culinary herbs.

Flavour profile

Raw earthy scent, spicy, citrus flavour. It’s seed, coriander has nutty aromas when ground. 

What does it pair well with?

Raisins, couscous, brown rice, braised cabbage, stuffing, salads, sandwiches, soups, strawberries, mangoes or green apples.

Nutritional facts

One-fourth of a cup of cilantro contains 5% of the daily value of vitamin A. It also contains vitamin K, small amounts of folate, potassium, manganese, choline, as well as antioxidants.

Ratio for converting fresh herbs to dried herbs

3 tsp fresh = 1 tsp dried

How to store

Fill a glass with cool water, trim the ends of the stems, and then place the bunch in the glass.

History

Cilantro has been a part of cuisine for thousands of years. Explorers discovered traces of dried cilantro  in a cave in Israel that dated back to approximately 6,000 BC. Remnants have also been found in ancient Egypt, showing that its use was widespread even in ancient civilizations.

Recipes