It grows wild in Western Asia and Southern Europe,but this herbs is traced back to 6000 years BC in the Egypt caves of Tutankhamen. This find proves that Ancient Egyptians used to cultivate this herbs for their healing benefits and the use of the oil extracts.
The whole plant is edible but the fresh leaf and the dried seeds is traditionally used for cooking. A compound found in the leaves and seeds has been found to have antibacterial effect against Salmonella. It has a high antioxidant content and some test shows a great value in detoxing heavy metals from the human body. That's why we like to start using this tender herb in anything more then garnishing dishes. Adding Cilantro to salads will enhance the fresh like flavor and leaving out sodium, fat or calories. Every time I make a chopped salad, I use it together with basil leaves, Spinach and Lettuce making my salads incredibly fresh and tasty. Using this herbs I overload the salad with antioxidants, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. Also the Cilantro has a high amount of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
- Next >>