Cilantro is probably one of the most polarizing herbs out there. Some people love it and can’t get enough, while others can’t stand to be in the same room as a bowl of cilantro-laden guacamole. However, you may not know that this herb has some interesting health benefits that make many people reconsider their opinions about its flavor. Read on for 11 facts you probably didn’t know about cilantro.
Cilantro is not a herb. It’s actually an herbaceous plant that belongs to the carrot family, along with parsley and dill. The “cilantro” moniker comes from the Spanish word for coriander (or cilantro). Coriander has been used in cooking since ancient times but it was likely imported to Europe through trade routes via India or China during medieval times when spices became popular as medicines.
The English name “coriander” can be traced back even further–it seems probable because of its origins that this spice plants may have been called koriannon by Greek traders who brought it from Asia Minor (modern Turkey) to Greece and Rome around 275 BC.