Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cilantro Flowers

The cilantro plant (Coriandrum sativum) is actually the source of two culinary products--cilantro, which is the leaves of the herb, and coriander, which is the fruits.   Cilantro is used fresh, and coriander is usually dried and used whole or ground.

An interesting thing is that the coriander taste shows up in the flowers.  There's a little citrus and spicy mint along with the musty green flavor--a two for one deal!   Unfortunately for the "cilantro tastes like soap" crowd, you still won't like them, but for the rest of us, it's cilantro with a little interesting flavor boost.

Cilantro is easy in the garden, self-seeding with the zinnias and herbs, mingling in a lovely baby's breath kind of way.

Give these a try and tell me what you think. I ate them with bean salad recently and thought they were perfect with that, both for flavor and presentation.