Experience the Power of Cilantro

By Liz Petoniak / Photography By Michael Fornataro | February 23, 2016
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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

Article from Edible Allegheny at http://edibleallegheny.ediblecommunities.com/things-do/experience-power-cilantro
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