CILANTRO (Coriandrum sativum) Leaf
About this Herb
Cilantro is a popular herb popular around the globe that resembles flat leaf parsley at first glance, but at first sniff, transports you to the Mediterranean, Mexico, Asia, and India. Cilantro gives a fresh boost of flavor.
This versatile herb is used in everything from guacamole and salsa, to curries, noodle dishes, and chimichurri sauces of Argentina. Not only does this flavorful, bright herb have unlimited culinary applications, but surprisingly to many people cilantro benefits the body and has many known healing properties.
1. Rids the Body of Heavy Metals
2. Protects Against Oxidative Stress
3. Lowers Anxiety and Improves Sleep
4. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
5. Protects Against Cardiovascular Disease
6. Prevents Urinary Tract Infections
7. Settles Digestive Upset
8. Protects Against Food Poisoning
9. Supports Healthy Menstrual Function
10. Prevents Neurological Inflammation
11. Protects Against Colon Cancer
12. Soothes Skin Irritations
Cilantro Benefits in Leaves & Seeds
One of the reasons that cilantro is so unique is due to its versatility. While green and leafy, it brings a fresh, nearly citrusy flavor to foods. Once it flowers, it produces the seeds, and the flavor of the leaves intensify, plus the coriander seeds that it yields contain their own health benefits. While still citrusy in nature, coriander has a warm, almost nutty flavor, making it the perfect complement for pickling, sausages, breads, and it is one of the central spices in Garam Masala.
Cilantro Nutrition Facts
Cilantro is rich in phytonutrients, flavonoids, and phenolic compounds.
Vitamin A: 270 IU
Vitamin K: 12.4 mcg
Folate: 2.5 mcg
Potassium: 20.8 mg
Cilantro is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and the caloric value is nearly nonexistent. It is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Just a ¼ cup of fresh cilantro provides 270 IU of Vitamin A, and 16% of the daily value recommended of Vitamin K.
The vitamin K and calcium content of cilantro help to build strong bones, teeth, and hair. Cilantro is considered the “anti-diabetic” plant in some parts of Europe, and research shows that it helps to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, supports healthy cardiovascular function, and much more.
How to use:
Including cilantro in a meal is a great way to add flavor to a dish or beverage without adding extra calories, fat, or sodium.
Cilantro is a tender herb that has gentle leaves. These are best to add either raw or near the end of the cooking process. This helps them maintain their flavor and texture.
Cilantro is relatively easy to grow and can thrive in small pots on a sunny windowsill, making it a sustainable, flavorsome herb.
When preparing cilantro, separate the leaves from the stems and only use the leaves. Use a sharp knife or herb shears and cut them gently.
Cutting with a dull knife or over chopping them will bruise the herb, and much of the flavor will end up on the cutting board surface.
Cilantro pairs well with many dishes, especially Mexican or Thai meals. It also works well with dishes that contain beans, cheese, eggs, and fish. The herb is also great with creamy vegetable dips and as a topping or garnish for soups and salads.
People should experiment with cilantro in their own recipes, as it is a versatile herb that makes a delicious addition to many meals.
It is also fine to use dried herbs and spices, which some people may find easier.
CILANTRO (Coriandrum sativum) Leaf
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