Cilantro (Coriander) Seeds
This herb is a native of southern Europe and North Africa and is commonly known as Coriander
, or Chinese Parsley
is very high in vitamin A and lutein.
closely resembles Parsley
distinctive flavor is quite different. Cilantro
leaves are used as an herb and the dried seeds, called Coriander
, have an entirely different taste and are used as a spice.
is very popular in Chinese and Brazilian cuisine, South Asian chutneys and Mexican salsas and guacamole. Coriander
can frequently be found in Middle Eastern, Asian, Mediterranean, Indian, Mexican and Chinese dishes.
is ready to be harvested as soon as the plant is 4 - 6 inches tall, which can take 40 to 60 days after planting. It can take up to 120 days to produce mature seed, Coriander
. If the older, outside leaves are harvested, the plant will continue to produce new foliage until it goes to seed. The plant can regrow for a second cutting; however, it does not regrow as efficiently as Parsley
and for that reason many growers just harvest it once. Cilantro
can also be harvested by pulling out the whole plant.
Some Asian groups will use the roots in their cuisine. It is also believed by some that Cilantro
, when harvested by the root, will stay fresh longer.
was once though to be an aphrodisiac and has been used in natural medicine to stimulate digestion.
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