Experience the Power of Cilantro
This time of year, we’re seeing green in more ways than one. As the “leafy” varieties of the color are concerned, none seem to draw a more polarizing reaction than cilantro, known as the stems and leaves of the coriander plant. Love it or hate it, this refreshing, citrusy herb works hard within the body, granting a number of health benefits to those who consume it. “Cilantro is a source of antioxidants, so it helps clear out free-radicals in the body,” says Becca Linebaugh, manager at Nature’s Way Market. “It’s also anti-bacterial and an antiseptic. That’s why you see it in a lot of salsas or raw foods because it keeps out bacteria and keeps the food fresh. With high amounts of vitamin K and vitamin A, it’s an important green that can be used in many different ways.”
We recommend mixing it up in a marinade, vinaigrette, pesto, ceviche, salsa, or guacamole. Put it through a juicer with cucumber, celery, and kale, or toss it in with other greens for a flavorful punch in a salad. Cilantro shines as the final touch to a meal, whether it’s sprinkled on a stir-fry, a bowl of soup, steamed mussels, or really any grilled meat or fish. And, don’t fear using it liberally — chefs around town certainly aren’t! “I love how so many local restaurants are using it in fresh ways, like instead of using lettuce, topping a sandwich with cilantro to give it more flavor,” Linebaugh says. Not that we needed any further reason to order a Bánh Mí, extra cilantro, but knowing the power of this plant makes it that much more delicious.
Nature’s Way Market, 796 Highland Ave., Greensburg. 724.836.3524. healthylivingatnatureswaymarket.com.