The more I learn about cilantro (also known as coriander), the more that I want to spread the word of this flavorful and powerful herb. You can grow-it-yourself or buy-a-bunch for as little as a buck at farmers markets or grocery stores, organic preferred. If a bunch is too much, share with friends or neighbors. So what is so great about cilantro?
Health Benefits of Cilantro:
- Anti-inflammatory, arthritis fighter that can help to reduce minor swelling
- Boosts immune system
- Promotes healthy liver function
- Cholesterol changer, increases HDL, the good one and reduces LDL, the evil one
- Detoxifies the body of heavy metals
- Aids in digestion
- Helps to lower blood sugar
- Protects against infection from salmonella bacteria
- Shown to reduce menstrual cramps
- Got gas? reduces flatulence
- Relieves diarrhea
- Helps reduce feelings of nausea
- Many, many more benefits from the source
Before you are ready to eat your cilantro make sure that you store it to get maximum refrigerator shelf-life . First, trim a small piece off the bottom portion of the stem. Then store in a glass with water and keep refrigerated. The Cuisipro Herb Keeper (pictured above) works the best out of all of the methods I have tried. Honestly, you really don’t need to buy anything, you have everything you need in your kitchen. Here is a demo video of how to store your cilantro.
Get in the habit of adding cilantro to your salads for lunch and dinner. It blends so well with the other ingredients, especially the dressing. If you like to juice or blend your beverages, try adding some cilantro to your yummy concoction. Try making cilantro grilled chicken, this is a quick and tasty recipe as a dinner idea.
I tried growing cilantro for the first time last summer with little success. As a staunch supporter of cilantro, I am more determined than ever to grow-my-own. Here are some tips we can use to grow-our-own cilantro.
I am always looking for new recipes to use cilantro and tips for growing. Please share your cilantro experiences.
– GreenUp! Guy