Whether in tacos, salsa, or salad, cilantro brings a wonderful flavor addition. It is a versatile herb that pairs nicely in many different dishes. However, it is perishable, so it is important that you properly store your cilantro in order to keep it fresh for as long as possible.
Cilantro, also known as coriander, Chinese parsley, or dhania, is an annual herb that is part of the family Apiaceae. Though all parts of the plant are edible, the leaves and seeds, which are dried up to make spice, are the most commonly used parts.
Since cilantro is sensitive, you want to properly store it to ensure that it will stay fresh for as long as possible. Once you bring your cilantro home from the store, remove the rubber band that holds them together.
You can freeze cilantro, which is a great way to prevent throwing out any extra before it goes bad. To freeze, start off by washing it, then trim and chop it. After that, make sure to thoroughly dry it to remove any moisture.
The best time to plant cilantro is in cool weather, such as early spring. It does best in loose soil, with good drainage where it has full sun. You can grow it in your garden or a planter, just be sure not to plant it too close to taller plants that will take away its sunlight.