Growing a medicinal garden: Cilantro

Kristyn Bango

Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is an herb referenced throughout history from Greece to Egypt and said to be one of the first herbs brought to America. The herb part of the plant is cilantro, the seeds coriander, although in other parts of the world the entire plant is called coriander.


The cilantro growing season comes and goes quickly so pick cilantro regularly until it begins to flower. Once the cilantro plants flowers, and goes to seed you can collect the seeds for coriander.


Although cilantro isn’t as nutrient dense as some of the other herbs we’ve discussed it is still rich in fiber, manganese, magnesium and iron.

It has been used through history as a healing herb, often used to help regulate blood sugar, potentially lower cholesterol and aid in detoxification. It is also used as a digestive aid, as an appetite stimulant and gastric upsets.

Try making a fresh salsa using cilantro, diced tomatoes, a mix of hot and sweet peppers, garlic, lime juice and salt.

What’s your favorite way to use cilantro?


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