Also called coriander, Chinese parsley and Mexican parsley, cilantro is an herb with wide leaves and a pungent flavor that is a combination of the sharp bite of parsley and the tang of citrus. The cilantro plant also has seeds called coriander, which are used as a spice.

Care and Handling

Ideal Storage Temperature: 33°F. 95-100% relative humidity. High humidity is essential to prevent desiccation. Using top ice is often beneficial.


  • Choose cilantro with bright, evenly-colored green leaves, showing no sign of yellowing or wilting.
  • Wash and dry thoroughly. If not using immediately, store the stems in the refrigerator in a glass of water.
  • Cilantro is a popular ingredient in guacamole, gazpacho, stir fries, curries and other dishes.
  • Cilantro and coriander (cilantro seeds) are natural digestive aids.

Did You Know?

Coriander has been found in Egyptian tombs dating back 3000 years.