While many people love the bright, refreshing taste of cilantro, others are genetically predisposed is disliking this green herb. Those who dislike cilantro due to genetic reasons say that it tastes like soap!
If you do happen to enjoy cilantro, this flavorful plant can provide you with some serious nutritional benefits. One quarter cup of raw cilantro leaves contains only one calorie and less than one gram of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. That one quarter cup also provides about 10% of the daily value of vitamin K and delivers phytonutrients (which are known to help prevent diseases) like lutein and zeaxanthin.
While you can enjoy fresh cilantro in your food, you can also use the dried, ripe fruit which is known as coriander seed. It can be used ground or whole and is generally used in curry spice blends. Ready to incorporate cilantro into your cooking? Here is a fun recipe to try:
Tofu “Ceviche” - by Emily Cooper
1 14oz block of firm tofu, drained and cubed
1 cup chopped white onion
1 cup English cucumber
1 jalapeno, de-seeded and minced
¾ cup lime juice
¼ cup lemon juice
1 cup chopped tomato
1 cup cubed avocado
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
In a large bowl, combine tofu, onion, cucumber, jalapeno, lime juice and lemon juice.
Refrigerate for one hour.
Remove tofu mixture from refrigerator and add tomato, avocado, cilantro, salt and olive oil.
Mix and serve!