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September 10, 2010

Pretty little sprigs of cilantro.

We love cilantro (also known as fresh coriander, green coriander, or Chinese parsley, if you prefer). As summer approaches, we begin to crave it. It pairs so fabulously with fresh corn that we eagerly await the availability of the sweetest ears so that we can season them with this fabulous herb. Cilantro is highly aromatic, and it has a bright, spicy flavor unlike anything else. The leaves are soft and delicate, with feathered edges, and they are so pretty that we often keep them intact when we add them to a dish. (They can also be mistaken easily for flat-leaf or Italian parsley, so when in doubt sniff and taste the herb.) Cilantro contributes fresh zing to any savory recipe, and is frequently found in Asian and Mexican dishes. Have fun experimenting with it this year and bring some spice to your life!

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