Monday, June 15, 2009

It's Called, "Cilantro"

For the past few years I've grown cilantro in my garden. This weekend I realized that I have an abundance of this leafy herb and I decided to cut some up and give it to two of my neighbors. I was shocked when I gave it to them only to hear them ask me, "What is it?" But then I recalled purchasing it at the store on several occasions when the check-out person didn't even know what it was. What is wrong with you people? Cilantro is used in Mexican food, Indian food, Thai food, Vietnamese food, etc. It smells wonderful and you could put it on just about anything to add flavor. If you like cilantro, add it to your salsa recipe.

9 comments:

Hunnybee said...

I love cilantro, although I've found that too much added to a recipe can give off a soapy flavor (my best description of too much cilantro). When people ask what it is just tell them it's a type of parsley, but better. And seriously, I can't believe people don't know what it is, though! Hoosiers! :) (I can say that cuz I is one)

Randy said...

Rog,

I guess something is wrong with me, ha. I had "no" idea what it is until today. Well, at least I learned something. Grin.

Randy

Tonya Power said...

Living in California, cilantro is very familiar. We buy it regularly. It is one of my favorite flavors (and smells).

Big Doofus said...

Tonya - thanks for leaving a comment. You're probably right about cilantro being more common in California than here in Indiana. However, you'd be surprised to find out how large our Mexican born population is here in the Indy metro area. It makes for some great local restaurants!

Uvulapie said...

Does it go well in gravy?

Sniz said...

Cilantro is yummy. I'm making salsa today if it will stop raining long enough for me to go back and pick some out of the garden.

Evan said...

{channeling Monty Python's cheese shop sketch}

Customer: You don't know cilantro?! Why, it's the single most popular herb in the world!

Shop Owner: Not 'round these parts it inn't.

Anonymous said...

also known in some places as "coriander" - excellent in Thai fish cakes!

blueiguana said...

Hi, I found you through "Cakewrecks." I've been having fun with your blog.
There should be Cilantro-scented candles. If I ever need a pick-me-up, I just pick up a bunch of cilantro and take a to-the-bottom-of-my-lungs breath.