Coriander is an herb that is extensively used around the world as a condiment, garnish, or decoration on culinary dishes. Its leaves have a recognizable and pleasant aroma and are commonly used raw or dried in cooking.
The health benefits of coriander, also called cilantro, include its use in the treatment of skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, diarrhea, mouth ulcers, anemia, and indigestion. Cilantro is also useful for postpartum wellness, menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting vision.
There are many ways to preserve herbs. Our cilantro comes clean so you do not need to wash it. We store cilantro in a ziploc plastic bag, with minimum air, in the fridge, and it will stay fresh for weeks, but it really does not last so much since we use it a lot. You can also freeze it or store it on the counter without refrigeration if you plan to use it all in less than a week.
Cilantro makes us think of foods from Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The whole plant is edible. When fresh and tender, feel free to chop both stems and leaves, or pull leaves off stems and reserve stems for cooking extra flavorful beans or for smoothies. Always chop fresh herbs with a sharp, dry knife, or simply tear them by hand. For full flavor, add cilantro at the end of cooking or sprinkle generously over a dish at the table. We like to bring a little bowl with fresh chopped cilantro with cold deep chopped onions, salt and lime, as a garnish for soups, tacos and salads.
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