myrecipes.comCilantro is more than just leaves. Here’s some information about the rest of this entirely edible plant. Coriandrum sativum —better known as cilantro or coriander—is an entirely edible plant. The leaves and stems are used widely in Asian and South American cuisines.
What can I do with cilantro stems?
Cilantro vinaigrette: Another quick use for bits of cilantro (stems and all) is to throw it into a dressing. Whiz a handful of cilantro, with 1 part lemon juice, 2 parts olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Pour over a fresh salad or over boiled new pototatoes.
Can you use Italian parsley instead of cilantro?
In a pinch: Italian parsley Parsley is a related to cilantro and the two herbs do closely resemble each other. If your recipe uses cilantro mainly as a garnish, parsley could be an acceptable substitute; however, parsley does have a slightly bitter taste. You can compensate for the bitterness by adding a small amount of honey or sugar.
Do you have to remove cilantro stems?
It is not necessary to remove the leaves from the stem, it’s a matter of aesthetics. The stems are a bit woodier, big pieces can negatively affect the texture of the dish. However, the stems are full of flavor. What is wasteful of effort or cilantro (and many other herbs) is a bit subjective.
Can the stem of cilantro be eaten?
To eat cilantro stems, you don’t need to do much more prep-wise than you normally would as when you planned to eat only the leaves. The main thing is that since the stems can be attached to roots when purchased, they tend to come in contact with a bit more dirt, so stems need to be washed more thoroughly.
What to do with cilantro leaves?
Photo: Iain Bagwell. Cilantro leaves deliver a punch of vibrancy, but don’t forget about the stems. They offer just as much flavor as the foliage, plus an added bit of crunch when roughly chopped for salads and other summery delights. Pulverize them for use in salsa, juice, or hummus, or toss them in soup or enchiladas.
What to do with crushed cilantro stems?
The stems have just as much flavor if you pulverize them. Toss into a soup stock, or slice up like chives and use in omelets, fritatas or other dishes. I use them in my Asian dipping sauce, they have a good amount of flavor, I mix Lite soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, garlic, & a little water, along with the crushed cilantro stems.
Can You garnish cilantro stems?
Don’t discard your cilantro stems. The leaves are the most attractive part of the herb and are what makes cilantro effective as a garnish; however, the stems are just as flavorful. If flavor is your priority, chop them finely and use them as you would use the leaves. Don’t use dried cilantro if you can help it.
Is cilantro edible?
Cilantro is more than just leaves. Here’s some information about the rest of this entirely edible plant. Coriandrum sativum —better known as cilantro or coriander—is an entirely edible plant. The leaves and stems are used widely in Asian and South American cuisines.