Micro Cilantro is a delicate and unique microgreen popular with chefs. This microgreen produces elongated green leaves with bright green stems. Micro Cilantro has a sweet, bright aroma, most notably without the soapy scent some say the mature herb produces. Micro Cilantro has a clean, bold cilantro flavor. In contrast to full-size cilantro, Micro Cilantro has peppery and grassy notes.
Micro Cilantro is available year-round.
Cilantro is thought to have arrived in North America in the late 17th century. Micro Cilantro, however, did not start appearing on menus until the 1980s. Microgreens became popular in the 1990s, with the first documented use of the word “microgreen” in 1998. The growth in popularity for microgreens came after studies were published from the USDA and the University of Maryland discovering these tiny greens were packed with 4 to 6 times the nutrients of their full-size counterparts. There are studies still being conducted to validate the findings.
Researchers have found that Micro Cilantro contains greater amounts of nutrients than mature cilantro. Cilantro is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K. Vitamin K has a potential role in bone mass building by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. Micro Cilantro has 3 times more beta-carotene than mature cilantro and is also high in lutein. These nutrients have been known to be beneficial for the skin and eyes.
Micro Cilantro can be used similarly to sprouts, as a garnish, or sprinkled over entrées. It is recommended that Micro Cilantro be used alone versus adding it to a mix because of its sweet, bright aroma that can overpower the dish. It is especially good in salads, fish and curry dishes. This microgreen has a shelf life of between 2-3 days. Use Micro Cilantro promptly for optimum quality, presentation, and flavor.