Recently I noticed I began to use cilantro at unprecedented levels in my cooking and had decided to look cilantro up on the web, even though I only recently started to cook and use it in my cooking and organery four years ago but never to the extent of my recent usage amounts. I wasn't going to search as to why I had been craving this herb, but what were its supposed effects, if any on our bodies. I was shocked to learn how great cilantro actually is for us and to our full, health.
It was only until now that I was inviting what the herb was all about. And why the heck was I started to naturally crave this herb? I had to get to the bottom of this but promptly! I knew I had used it plenty of times in my 'Oh So celebrated Salsa' recipe. But I needed to know what did cilantro do, if anything to us and our bodies. With the study I found, this article was created and I just had to share.
Who knew That Cilantro Was This Good!?!
Want a cure all for viral and bacterial infections and more? Well read on...albeit maybe novel, the quality to use cilantro greatly increases our quality to clear up recurring infections, both viral and bacterial especially when eaten with omega-3 enriched foods such as nuts. But there are many other marvelous side effects of eating Cilantro. Who knew?
Although we all like to use fresh herbs if we can get them, it seems that there are more benefits than first thought, especially when us foodies started to first go all hog-wild on the "got-to-be-fresh-happy" with the use of non-dried herbs in our cooking. So many of us grew up with dried herbs, and for many more, dried herbs that would stay in our cupboards for years. I know I am not alone here. That by the time we reached (some sort of ) adulthood, we wished to cook no more "out-of-the-box", but back to the real deal, thankfully to food network stations everywhere telling us the importance of a dishes success depends on the use of the freshest of herbs.
This trend in "using fresh herbs as a must" is so true that McCormick, this past fall, settled out one page magazine advertisements in several magazines and even created a website to assist visitors in checking out just how old their herbs were in their cupboards. If you think I am kidding check and note if any of your spices from the McCormick's is from the Baltimore factory, if so, note that this bottle is over 15 years old! Yuck! I had four or five in my cabinets that were abruptly tossed. Yeah I know, who knew!
Using Cilantro In Your Cooking
Cilantro has a mild peppery taste, flat leaves and is similar finding to flat-leafed parsley. It is a family member of the carrot family - and as you can tell from its looks, the tops of this marvelous herb resemble that of a carrot top.
Cilantro is great as an edible garnish. If you mince it and sprinkle any dish you have before you, literally, including your breakfast eggs, you will receive its curing and curative attributes of the cilantro herb.
But I have recently resurrected its' importance in being a main point in my daily diet. After a slight research, I learned that cilantro seems to have some very inviting (and affordable) super condition benefits and can be seen as a major cleaner of the body in ridding heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum from one's body.
Yes, there's more people, cilantro is also a blood cleaner. And heck why not eat what you love and detox your body simultaneously?
It seems that for years there have been drugs ready to help rid the body of the heavy metals called, 'Chelation therapy' [which] using chemical agents like Edta has long been used to help take off heavy metals" but it seems as if cilantro is one of the affordable natural substances than can take off these metals naturally.
So what do you do to get this herb to assist in your healing?
Best eaten raw, but you knew that already! Some suggestions comprise using cilantro pesto (recipe below) over pasta, spread onto toasted Italian bread, a dollop over your cooked meat, etc. You get the idea here people! You can also add this peppery herb to cooking, from any and all rice dishes, and pastas to meat dishes.
This herb is also very affordable in fresh bunches at your grocery store. My local store has them at .00 for (2) two nice-sized bunches. A small handful (2 teaspoons minced) used in your salads every day for two to three weeks which is the recommended number to have its curing properties work on your issues it seems, will have you feeling better than you have been in a long while.
Do wash your cilantro very well though. The best way is to fill a large bowl with cold water, and moderately put the tops in tops down into the bowl. Stirring the end of the bunch of cilantro, swishing it nearby will help loosed any soil that may be on it. You can then shake dry and place it in a bad, much the same you would do wish washed lettuce.
Want To Grow Cilantro?
Cilantro is super easy to grow from seed, - which is the coriander seed - hey who knew?!? But be sure to cut your plant often like parsley, for constant fresh growth. Likes sun, and the cilantro is a simple herb that also helps to keep the bugs away. Other natural remedy! A great plant for kids to try as one of their first herbs due to its quick growing in the organery and low-maintenance gardening requirements. Cilantro also does fairly well in a extra sunny kitchen window.
A friend of mine has a great cilantro 'pesto' though his is very hot, there are many variations I see on the web. The main point it that you will growth your quality to heal yourself from viral and bacterial infections - especially re-occurring ones with adding 2-3 teaspoons of fresh cilantro with your diet every day for two to three weeks.
I have started this trend of uping the use of my cilantro amounts now for a week, and my head seems clear and my body feels great. Now I know why from this research. I will let you all know how marvelous I feel in two weeks on this.
Here's one recipe for Cilantro Pesto.
1 clove garlic
1 cup almonds, cashews, or other nuts
1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons olive oil
Put the cilantro and olive oil in blender and process until the cilantro is chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and process to a lumpy paste. (You may need to add a touch of hot water and scrape the sides of the blender.) You can turn the consistency by altering the number of olive oil and lemon juice, but keep the 3:1 ratio of oil to juice. (It freezes well, so you can make several batches at once.)
Other Personal Cilantro Recipes I have created and use:
One Pot Cilantro Chicken and Rice
Hot Cilantro Pesto
2 bunches fresh cilantro1 head of garlic - yes a complete head1 cup fresh lemon juice (6-8 lemons)Cardamom - freshly ground2 or more Hot peppers, dried scotch bonnets or green chilies1/4-1/2 cup olive oilsalt to taste Directions
Place all ingredients into your food processor and ground till it becomes a pulp consistency.Use if you dare as a condiment to anything - it actually makes a plain dish pop with glee.
Cilantro Salad Dressing
Ingredients 8 oz ranch dressing2 garlic cloves, peeled1/2 teaspoon ground cumin1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped1 tbl rice vinegar1/4 cup grated cheese, Parmesan or combination of cheddar & jack1 jalapeño, no seeds
Directions Place all ingredients in a food processor or blenderBlend until smooth
Cilantro Cold Slaw
Ingredients For the salad:2 large granny smith apples, julienned1 large red bell pepper, stem, seeds and membraneremoved and julienned1 large green bell pepper, stem, seeds and membraneremoved and julienned1 large yellow bell pepper, stem seeds and membraneremoved and julienned1 small head of green cabbage, julienned thin1 small head of red cabbage, julienned thin4 yellow fresh corn tortillas julienned thin and fried4 red fresh corn tortillas julienned thin and fried1 bunch cilantro leaves, wholeFor the dressing:1/2 cup canola oil4 cloves garlic, minced1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped fineJuice of 3 limesSalt to taste
Directions Combine all ingredients except tortillas into a bowl and mix well.Add dressing and tortillas and mix lightly being rigorous not to breakup the tortillas too small.
Kick in the Pants Soup
Ingredients 14 oz. Can chicken broth (I prefer organic, non-fat, low or no sodium)1 large tomato, seeded and diced4 oz. Can chopped mild green chiles (do not drain)1/4 cup fresh cilantro1 to 2 tbsp fresh lime juice1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil3/4 tsp ground cumintortilla chips (optional)
Directions In a medium saucepan, bring broth to a boil over high heat.Stir in tomato and green chiles.Return to boil.Remove from the heat.Stir in remaining ingredients.Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.Add tortilla chips to taste. (optional) There are many more inviting and delightful recipes out there on the web, these are just a few of course. Do get out there and check them out to try today!
Happy curative Healthily in a Hurry!
As a side note though, there is one spice tin I keep naturally for its name, shape of its tin and for the nostalgic purpose in reminding me of my mother's kitchen cabinets which had more spices than any neighbor and was more organized than any kitchen cabinet I knew of then. And yes, she was a great cook and known face the family for her parties full of marvelous homemade food. And for these reasons why I probably write so much on food also cooking up a storm any chance I get. But I am loving my cilantro but hard, an herb she never got to learn to try. I will make sure my friends and family do not have the same contact but instead learn and more importantly add this oh-so affordable herb to their daily diet for better health!remarkable condition Benefits of Cilantro - The Mega Benefits of Eating Fresh Cilantro