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Cilantro is the leafy plant grown from the seed of another spice - Coriander. To know the history of Cilantro, we must first learn the history of Coriander. It has been grown for over 3000 years, first tracing back to Persia and Babylon. Coriander is thought to have traveled with the flow of civilization, making its way to India, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. This herb has diverse cultural significance, as it is a predominant ingredient in the aforementioned cultures. . Raw cilantro is often added to curries, salsa, tacos, seafood, and many Thai dishes.

Nutritional Value

Cilantro can taste sharp and zesty to some people, while others find it reminiscent of soap; this is all due to exposure or lack thereof.

  • Vitamin K important for blood clotting
  • Vitamin C important for the immune system, healthy skin, and wound healing
  • Vitamin A important for vision, bone development, and immune function


How to Shop

Choose cilantro that is vibrant green with hydrating and fragrant leaves.

How to Grow

Cilantro prefers temperatures between 50-85F. It needs full sunlight or light shade in well-drained, moderately firm loam/ grainy soil. To plant, plant seeds 2 inches apart and ¼-½ inch deep. If choosing to plant in rows, space the rows 12-15 inches apart. Fertilize with ½ teaspoon of ammonium nitrate. Water to prevent dryness. Harvest after 45-70 days; use gardening shears to cut leaves when they are 4-6 inches in length or cut the entire plant 1-2 inches above the soil.

How to Store

In a glass filled with water then covered in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. Do not store cilantro at room temperature.