An herb especially popular in Mexican and Southeast Asian cuisines, cilantro comes from the stems and feathery leaves of the
coriander plant and is known for its cooling, some say soapy, flavor.
How to Choose Cilantro
Look for bright, evenly green stems and no discoloring or wilting.
How to Store Cilantro
Refrigerate cilantro unwashed for up to 5 days. Either wrap it in paper towels kept slightly damp inside a plastic bag or place it in a cup of water, stems down, with a plastic bag covering the leaves to keep in moisture.
How to Prepare Cilantro
Just before using cilantro, dunk and swish it in a bowl of water, holding it by the stems; shake it to remove excess water, then pat dry with paper towels. Cut off only as much as you need (the rest will last longer uncut). The stems are tender enough to cook with. Don’t overchop or the cilantro will turn black, as the leaves are very tender and bruise easily.
How to Use Cilantro
Cilantro is commonly used in spicy dishes as a garnish (for chili, for instance) or mixed into yogurt, sour cream, salsa, or guacamole. It gives a clean, fresh edge to dishes that contain ginger or garlic.
Real Simple Cilantro Recipes:
- Corn and Cilantro Salsa
- T-Bone Steak With Cilantro Chili Sauce and Fingerling Fries
- Spiced Dal With Cilantro Yogurt
- Cilantro Pesto
- Cilantro-Chicken Sandwiches
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