Cilantro and Parsley

As I was flipping through seed catalogues years back I was having a hell-of-a-time finding “Cilantro” seeds; apparently I was having a “blonde” moment at the same time…

cilantroCoriander also known as cilantro, Mexican parsley or Chinese parsley is one of my favorite herbs ( I think I say that about all herbs). When referring to cilantro it is the green part of the herb (leaf and stem) where as coriander is the dried seed. The seed is used in the kitchen both whole and ground. The leaves are used fresh, they are not good dried.

Growing cilantro/coriander is quite simple. It likes full sun and moist soil during germination. Once the plants have reached about six inches tall the leaves can be plucked for use. If left to grow, wispy, dill-like leaves will form. It will flower with little white flowers, then of course the seed will form. Let the seeds dry on the plant. A light shake into a paper bag is all you will need to harvest the seed. If left, the it will reseed itself.

Cilantro not only adds flavor to you favorite salsa and guacamole but it also helps the body rid itself of heavy metals that can get very toxic.

Parsley is grown in the same manner, however it take a second season to produce seed.  It is also will stand a partial shade spot in the garden and is slightly hardier when is comes to cooler temperatures. I have yet to seed a use for parsley seed other than propagation of the plant. The leaves and stems are used commonly in the kitchen. There are multiple varieties, all are used in the same manner. Parsley can be used fresh (I think this is best), dried, or can be frozen and used through out the winter.

Parsley is rich in vitamin C and A as well as lots of minerals. It is supposedly a natural remedy for garlic breath… I haven’t tried it, I rather skeptical about that one.

Avocado Cilantro Soup
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(cold soup) I am not a fan of cold soup but some are, and those that are seem to really enjoy this one.
Avocado Cilantro Soup
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(cold soup) I am not a fan of cold soup but some are, and those that are seem to really enjoy this one.
Ingredients
  • 2 each Ripe Avocados peeled and halved
  • 2 each Scallions roughly chopped
  • 2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 each Lime juiced
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro Leaves chopped
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Place everything into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Serve with a dash of hot sauce and garnish with a cilantro leaf.
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Cauliflower Soup
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Cauliflower Soup
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Ingredients
  • 1 each Cauliflower head broken into florets
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 each Garlic clove chopped
  • 2 each Parsley Roots sliced
  • 1 each Parsley bunch chopped (leaves only)
  • 2 tbsp All-purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 cup Cooked Brown Rice
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Steam the cauliflower until almost done.
  2. Saute the garlic and parsley root in the olive oil for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the parsley.
  4. Stir in the flour and paprika.
  5. Add one cup of water, stir until thickened.
  6. Stir in the cauliflower and another 5 cups of water.
  7. Cook, stirring until thickened.
  8. Add the rice and sour cream.
  9. Serve warm.
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