Cilantro is a herb used in many different ethnic cuisines although it has its origins in the mediterranean. On the same plant cilantro is the name of the leaf and corriander is the name of the seed.
Storage: Cilantro is best used when fresh. For short term storage wrap in a damp towel or stand upright in a glass of water and refrigerate.
Preparation: Wash the herb by holding the stem and running the leaves under cold water. Remove any large or tough stems and you can use the smaller stems and leaves whole or chopped to your desired size. Chopping the herb will draw out more of its flavor. It gives many Mexican, Indian and Asian dishes their characteristic flavor.