This leafy green herb, also known as fresh coriander or chinese parsley, is available year-round in most grocery stores. Choose cilantro with roots attached as the roots make a lively addition to Asian dishes for added flavour.
Cilantro compliments other fresh ingredients and is a great addition to hot, spicy dishes. Thought to be the world's most widely used herb, it is often used fresh and at the last moment to preserve its delicate flavour which can be lost when added too soon to a hot dish. Chopped or torn, cilantro will fill you with a distinctly fresh experience. The flavour profile of cilantro is assertive and it goes well with spicey foods. For some, cilantro has a distinctive taste: it hints of sage and citrus. For others, it tastes like soap.