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 General Description

Cilantro is the leaf of the young coriander plant, Coriandrum sativum, an herb in the parsley family, similar to anise.


Geographical
Sources
Cilantro is grown in California.


Traditional
Ethnic
Uses
Cilantro is traditionally used in Middle Eastern, Mexican, and Asian cooking.


Taste and Aroma
Description
Cilantro's taste is a fragrant mix of parsley and citrus.


History/Region of Origin Coriander is probably one of the first herbs to be used by mankind, perhaps going back as far back as 5000 BC. It is mentioned in early Sanskrit writings dating from about 1500 BC. The Romans spread it throughout Europe, and it was one of the first spices to arrive in America.


Storage Tips Store in cool, dark, dry places.


A Few Ideas to
Get You Started
Before it is used, Cilantro should be crushed, either by hand or with a mortar and pestle. Cilantro is a perfect addition to Mexican dishes; add Cilantro to salsas and bean dips. Mix crushed Cilantro into sour cream and use it as a topping for chili, tacos, or enchiladas. Sprinkle Cilantro over stir-fried vegetables for color and Asian flavor. Add Cilantro to sesame-ginger dressing when making Chinese chicken salad.


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