In the store, look for cilantro that is rich in color with fresh leaves and stalks. For maximum freshness, store cilantro in the refrigerator in a zip-lock bag or wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel. Use as soon as possible as cilantro loses its flavor and nutrients if kept for long periods of time.
Prior to consumption, wash cilantro in clean water, discard roots and remove any old or bruised leaves. Pat dry to remove excess moisture.
When cooking with cilantro, it is generally added at the end of the recipe to keep the fragrance and aromatic flavor intact. Cilantro can be eaten raw or cooked.
Cilantro is an herb that is rich in antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins and dietary fiber.