HEALTH BENEFITS OF CILANTRO
Cilantro is a very popular Mediterranean herb, which is commonly known by a variety of names, because it also produces a seed called Coriander. So this fantastic herb has been called, Chinese parsley, cilantro seed, coriander leaves and just coriander for the seeds and cilantro for the leaves. No matter what you decide to call it or the form you decide to use, both the leaf and seed have lots of benefits to offer. The Cilantro plant reaches about 1 to 2 feet in height and features dark green, hairless, soft leaves that vary in shape; broad-lobed near the base, and slender and feathery higher up near its flowering stems. The leaves and stem possess slightly citrus flavor. The plant bears umbels of small white or light pink flowers in midsummer, followed by round-oval shaped aromatic seeds. These coriander seeds are yellowish brown in color with vertical ridges and have a flavor that is aromatic, sweet and citrus, but also slightly peppery.
Cilantro leaves provide only 23 calories/100 g, but their phyto-nutrients profile is no less than any superfoods around us!
This humble backyard herb provides (% of RDA/100g):
15% of folates,
11% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine),
45% of vitamin C,
225% of vitamin A,
258% of vitamin K,
22% of iron and
18% of manganese.
(Note: RDA-Recommended daily allowance)
Fresh leaves should be washed thoroughly in water in order to remove sand and dirt and to rid off any residual pesticides. While in the kitchen, it is generally used just before preparing recipes in order to keep the fragrance and aromatic flavor intact.
How to Select and Store
Fresh coriander (or cilantro) leaves should look vibrantly fresh and be deep green in color. They should be firm, crisp and free from yellow or brown spots.
Whenever possible, buy whole coriander seeds instead of coriander powder since the latter loses its flavor more quickly, and coriander seeds can be easily ground with a mortar and pestle.
Even through dried herbs and spices are widely available in supermarkets, explore the local spice stores or ethnic markets in your area. Oftentimes, these stores feature an expansive selection of dried herbs and spices that are of superior quality and freshness compared to those offered in regular markets. Just like with other dried spices, try to select organically grown dried coriander since this will give you more assurance that it has not been irradiated.
Coriander seeds and coriander powder should be kept in an opaque, tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark and dry place. Ground coriander will keep for about four to six months, while the whole seeds will stay fresh for about one year.
Since it is highly perishable, fresh coriander should always be stored in the refrigerator. If possible, it should be stored with its roots still attached by placing the roots in a glass of water and covering the leaves with a loosely fitting plastic bag. If the roots have been removed, wrap the coriander leaves in a damp cloth or paper towel and place them in a plastic bag. Whole coriander will last up to one week, while coriander leaves will last about three days.
Cilantro may also be frozen, either whole or chopped, in airtight containers, yet should not be thawed before use since it will lose much of its crisp texture. Alternatively, you can place it in ice cube trays covered with either water or stock that can be added when preparing soups or stews.
Remember – (EAT TO LIVE DON’T LIVE TO EAT)
Chef C. – The Healing Chef
Pastor Chef Carlton Whisonant had studied at a culinary school in the DC metro area where he mastered the art of food. During his time in school he landed prominent positions in seafood/hotel establishments. In 1991, he started his own catering business while still employed.
In 2011 Chef Carlton came down with an illness that stopped him from working in corporate America. With this illness he started taking his vast knowledge of foods and incorporating healing/healthy living. The Healing Chef teaches /trains people how to make great delicious meals that can heal your body at the same time. Since the start of this crusade, Chef Carlton’s body has been miraculously transformed. Not only has there been a transformation with his body, but countless numbers of other people have had transformations in their bodies also through his teaching.