|Zone:||Not hardy; grow as an annual|
General: Green leafy plant whose leaves are used in Mexican and Asian cooking. Seeds also used in soups and stews. Cilantro is easy to grow in a well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. Avoid overwatering.
Culinary Uses: The greens of plant are referred to as cilantro while the seeds it produces is referred to as coriander. Cilantro leaves are used to flavor dishes from the Middle East, Latin America and Southeastern Asia. Chop just prior to use for maximum flavor. It can be used to enhance salads, beans rice omelets, coups, lamb, cilantro based pesto. Coriander seeds have a warm taste with hints of lemon, orange and sage with a slightly bitter quality. It is best paired with pork, beans, corn, breads, and duck. Coriander seeds can also be used to flavor pastries.
Medicinal Uses: Provides vitamins A, C, and K. The seeds have been found to contain calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and dietary fiber. It is rich in antioxidants and also possesses anti-bacterial properties. Its oil have been cited as being effective in reducing aches and pains when applied to the skin.
Ornamental Uses: The leaves are broad and flat cilantro has a very similar appearance to that of Italian flat-leaf parsley.
|Uses*:||Aromatic, Culinary, Medicinal, Ornamental|