Cilantro, The Controversial Herb

Cilantro, the controversial herb.

written by john c ashworth

I've had this photograph on my desktop here in the ash flash workshop and today I was determined to find at least a somewhat creative way of sharing it.

One thing I learned from this brief foray was that coriander is the seed of cilantro. You probably knew that but I didn't 🙂

My wife Laura loathed cilantro for many years and then one day that changed. We use it often in all of our own cooking. I love the aroma, especially after it's just been cut.

Happy cooking & Happy Saturday to you!

-John

fresh cilantro on the counter
photograph by john c ashworth

and here's a cool story I found on NPR this morning...

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Like politics and religion, cilantro elicits strong opinions. People love it or hate it. For some, it's an acquired taste, thus attracting its share of proselytizing converts, such as myself. Even the name of the plant can be controversial. In the U.S., the leaves are called cilantro, while the seeds are called coriander. In Europe, the leaves are called coriander, while the seeds are also called coriander. To confuse matters further, cilantro leaves are also known as Chinese parsley.

Source: Kitchen Window: Cilantro, The Controversial Herb : NPR

PS Happy Leap Day! 🙂

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John Ashworth is a salesman, writer, Dad and full time Bohemian Athlete. aka Johnny Renaissance.

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