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Seed Spotlight: Santo Cilantro

March 10th, 2011

 

Who loves cilantro!? Raise your hand! This quick growing, versatile herb is one of our absolute favorites. Also known as Chinese parsley, cilantro is the leaves of the coriander plant. The unique, pungent aroma of cilantro makes this herb stand out, and it is used in many parts of the world. In Asian, Caribbean, Indian, and Mexican cuisines, just to name a few, you’ll find cilantro enhancing a variety of delicious dishes, from burritos to chutneys to salsas and more.

For thousands of years, cilantro was cultivated in China, Egypt and India, and in areas of the Near East and southern Europe coriander grows wild. Its uses have ranged from being an appetite stimulant to the relief of anxiety and insomnia to being used in love potions, believing it offered immortality.

Humble Seed’s Santo Cilantro is an easy to grow herb and perfect for container gardening if you do not have yard space. It’s fast growing, reaching 12-24 inches tall, and can be planted in 3-4 week intervals for a continuous harvest. Seeds can be started outside in the spring, after the average last day of frost.

Here’s a tasty Cilantro-Lime Dressing recipe for you to try:

Cilantro-Lime Dressing

1 Conchos jalapeno pepper, seeded, deveined and coarsely chopped

¾ teaspoon minced fresh ginger root

1 garlic clove

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup honey

¼ cup lime juice

½ teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning

¼ cup packed cilantro leaves

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Place jalapeno, ginger and garlic into a blender; pulse until finely chopped. Add balsamic vinegar, honey, lime juice, ½ teaspoon salt and cilantro leaves; pulse, to blend. Turn on blender then slowly drizzle in the olive oil until blended into the dressing; season with salt if desired.

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