Cilantro 101: Doreen Schools Us On the Cornerstone of Latin Herbs

Doreen Colondres is back to share some wisdom on the all important cilantro, a cornerstone for many Latin American recipes!

Cilantro has been used for centuries, even going back to the Egyptian Empire! Now, it is the star of Latin cuisine, especially in Mexico and the Spanish Caribbean. If the recipe is Latin, it probably won’t work without cilantro. For example in Puerto Rico, cilantro is a key ingredient for Sofrito, which is pretty much the cornerstone of our gastronomy.

In some countries, cilantro is also known as Mexican or Chinese parsley because of its similarity in shape and color to that herb. But the taste of cilantro is much stronger and intense, which is why most people either love it or hate it. It's also used in India and China for medicinal purposes, to control sugar levels in the blood, lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation. Even the cilantro seeds, commonly known as coriander, are wonderful for cooking and easy to incorporate into your routine.

So put this super herb to good use by whipping up a batch of this delicious cilantro sauce.

Cilantro sauce is extremely easy to prepare, and can be made in advance and stored for future use. This sauce goes perfectly with fish, shrimp, chicken, or even lamb. Check out the recipe below:

1 Cilantro Bunch (finely chopped)
1 cup of olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Juice of fresh lime to taste

1. Mix cilantro and olive oil in a blender until it achieves a smooth consistency.
2. Add a pinch of salt, pepper and few drops of fresh lime.
3. Mix for 1-2 more minutes.

That's it, I told you it was easy. ¡Buen Provecho!

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