Revolutionary Herb of the Week: Cilantro

cilantro-bspCilantro, which is Spanish for “cilantr,” is an herb native to southwestern Asia. Known for it’s herb-like qualities and its soapy aftertaste, cilantro is the main ingredient for a wide variety of recipes, ranging from cilantro lime rice to cilantro soup (which, ironically, uses parsley as its garnish).

What makes this so revolutionary?

It’s well known to most history buffs that the Spanish Inquisition, which began in 1478, was caused as a direct result of Queen Isabella I of Castile’s allergy to cilantro. What many are surprised to learn though is that the Spanish Inquisition is the reason that today’s Spanish-American chefs mix cilantro with chopped tomato and red onion. While we don’t exactly know what role Queen Isabella’s allergies played in pico de galo, we do however know that it is… revolutionary.

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