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  • Writer's pictureJon Mychal Heatherly

Spice Up Your Meal with Cilantro

Updated: Dec 3, 2021

a bright, lemony bite

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Also called Chinese parsley and dhania, many refer to its leaves as cilantro and seeds as coriander. This annual herb is found in Latin American, Mediterranean, and Southwest Asian cuisine.

Find it growing wild from Southern Europe to Western Asia. Plant early and late season crops as cilantro bolts during warm months. Nearly 1 in 4 have a gene that causes cilantro to taste like soap rather than its characteristic lemony-tart flavor.

Scientific Name: Coriandrum sativum Tastes: bright, lemony, peppery Uses: pesto, salads, salsa, chutneys, dips, & dressings

Recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato Guacamole Mash 4 ripe avocados 1/2–1 lime juiced 1 clove garlic minced finely 1/2 onion chopped 1/4 cup minced sun-dried tomatoes 1/2–1/4 cup diced jalapeno Salt & pepper Muddle together. Enjoy with chips.

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