Fresh organic cilantro is common in the dishes of many cultures from Mexico to the Middle East, India to Asia. It has a bold flavor that is lemony and a bit peppery. Cilantro goes wonderfully in sauces, salsa, and pesto which can then be paired with chicken, fish, tofu, or vegetables. Did someone say tacos? It also does well as a colorful and flavorful garnish on salads or sandwiches.
When using cilantro, it is best to use it fresh. Drying it or cooking it leads to much of the bold, unique flavor being eliminated. You can however store it fresh in the refrigerator for about 5 days in some water, blanch and freeze it in plastic bags, or food-process it, mix with olive oil and freeze in ice trays to create convenient herb-infused cubes.
Fresh organic cilantro is very low in calories with just 2 calories per half of a cup. What’s more, just one-half cup provides 28 percent of the daily value for vitamin K, three percent the daily value for vitamins A and C, and has robust antioxidant properties.