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Cilantro is one of the most popular herbs in the world. Whether used as a garnish or as a key ingredient in soups, salads, and sauces, cilantro adds a crisp green flavor to any dish. You can cook it, eat it raw, or -- that’s right -- even juice it!
So how much do you know about cilantro? Love it or hate it, cilantro is a unique plant with many health benefits, a rich history, and a diverse, cross-cultural culinary appeal.
We’ve gathered five of our favorite cilantro facts below:
Cilantro is one of the oldest herbs on the planet. It’s at least 5000 years old. In fact, cilantro seeds have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs!
Cilantro is also known for its worldly appeal across many different countries and cultures. It’s widely used in recipes in the Middle East, North America, South and Central America, and Asia.
Cilantro helps promote a strong immune system, reduces inflammation, and has antibacterial properties. It may also boost your body's natural detoxifying abilities.
Like many chlorophyll-rich green plants, cilantro contains antioxidants which prevent and reduce the cellular damage of free radicals. This boosts your body’s ability to fight viruses and bacterial infections. Antioxidants in cilantro may also slow the growth of various types of cancer.
Cilantro is great for gut health and digestive issues. It can help with nausea, reduce bloating, and promote regular bowel movements.
In one eight-week study of people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), participants who consumed a cilantro-based herbal supplement experienced significantly less abdominal distress than the placebo group.
Every part of the cilantro plant is edible, from the stems to the leaves. You can also eat cilantro seeds, which are called Coriander.
Do you think cilantro tastes odd? It might be due to your genetics! A 2012 study found that people with a certain smell receptor gene are extra sensitive to a compound called aldehydes, which may give cilantro a mild soapy flavor.
Studies also suggest that certain regional groups have a stronger aversion to cilantro. It’s estimated that 21% of East Asians, 17% of Caucasions, and 14% of people of African descent have a greater dislike of cilantro and coriander.
When people don’t look at the ingredients, they’re often surprised to discover that our best-selling juice The Clover contains cilantro.
In fact, many folks who hate cilantro still love The Clover. If you’re genetically predisposed to disliking cilantro (see fact #5 above), give The Clover a try anyway -- you might be pleasantly surprised!
Along with kale, cucumber, celery, spinach, pear, mint, and lime, cilantro gives Little West's The Clover a delicious, crisp green flavor that can't be beat. Like all Little West juices, The Clover is never watered down, contains no added sugars or chemicals, and it’s Farm-To-Bottle in 48 Hours.
Order The Clover online or find it at your local Whole Foods Market in California, Nevada, or Arizona.
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