Cilantro is one of the most widely used culinary herbs in the whole world. The fresh greens are called Cilantro and the dried seeds are called Coriander.
(Coriandrum sativum) Cilantro is one of the most widely used culinary herbs in the whole world. The fresh greens are called Cilantro and the dried seeds are called Coriander.
The herb was one of the first (along with dandelions) that early pioneers brought to the Americas from Europe. Farmers have grown it in many places, including the Massachusettes Bay Colony by the mid-1600s. The conquistadors brought it into Mexico in the 1500s.
In the mid-1700s, people made liquor from the coriander seeds, but this experiment proved unsuccessful. Today, common folk and culinary experts alike use cilantro and coriander in many places outside of Europe, from the Southwest U.S. through Central and South America, on into India, China and Thailand.
Planting & Growing Cilantro Seeds
Make sure to make successive sowings for a continuous summer supply. Uniform, slow bolting strain. 50 days until first green harvest, 95-100 days for seed. Plant during the cool days of spring or fall. Grow cilantro in an area that receives full sun and has rich, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.2 to 6.8. Offer afternoon shade if you live in a warmer climate. Improve native soil by mixing in several inches of aged compost or other rich organic matter.
For growing in containers, consider a premium bagged potting mix. Keep soil moist and use a soaker hose or drip irrigation if necessary. Encourage prolific leaf production by regularly feeding with a water-soluble plant food. Harvest cilantro leaves once they are large enough to eat. Avoid harvesting more than a third of the plant at any one time. Click here to learn more about planting and growing cilantro.
Preserving and Storing Your Cilantro Plant For Later Use
The best way to store cilantro and keep it fresh is to put it in the fridge or freezer. Cut off the root and pat dry the leaves using paper towels. Put the stems in a jar with a small amount of water, and cover the leaves with a plastic bag. Store it in the fridge for two weeks. Check out these additional ways that you can store your cilantro.
Nice when added to fresh salads. Cilantro flavored dishes have become more and more popular among gourmets. On the other hand, cooking fresh coriander in combination with other spices adds an exotic note to a dish. Ginger, garlic, curry, coconut milk, and cilantro will make a delicious chicken. Here’s a cool recipe for some peanut cilantro dip.
The herb is so famous for its ability to lower blood sugar that doctors frequently warn people with low blood sugar or those taking diabetes medications to be careful with the herb.
In animal studies, coriander seeds reduced blood sugar by stimulating an enzyme that removes sugar from the blood.
In another study, cilantro extract decreased blood sugar in rats with obesity and high blood sugar. The effects were similar to the blood sugar medication glibenclamide. This article details some more of the nutritional facts of cilantro.