Today the herb has important medical uses. Chelation therapy has been used by conventional medicine to pull lead from people suffering from lead poisoning. Chelation therapy is administered intravenously using the chemical agent EDTA it removes metal from the blood stream. Dr Omura found that fresh cilantro removes heavy metals from the body in less than two weeks.
From Asia this one is wonderful:
In a large glass bowl combine all but 2 tbsp. of the lemon grass with shallots, garlic, chile flakes, soy sauce, sugar, fish sauce, and salt. Add the chicken, turn it to coat it in the marinade, and put some marinade beneath the skin. Pour any excess marinade into the cavity.
Coriander grows wild in South East Europe and had been cultivated in Egypt, India and China for thousands of years. It is mentioned in Sanskrit text Cilantro is mentioned in the Medical Papyrus of Thebes written in 1552 B.C. and is one of the plants which grew in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. It is even mentioned in the Bible in Exodus 16:31, where manna is described as “small round and white like coriander seed.” The ancient Hebrews originally used cilantro root as the bitter herb in the symbolic Passover meal.The Romans themselves used coriander with cumin and vinegar as a preservative. Romans and their conquests, introduced cilantro’s use and legend spread to Asia, where it appeared in recipes for potions used as aphrodisiacs in China during the Han dynasty (207 BC-200 AD).Spanish conquistadors introduced it to Mexico and Peru, It is used in recipes throughout Mexico and Central America. Sugarplums as referred to in the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy, were actually a treat made of sugar coated coriander.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Put the chicken, breast side down, on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast the chicken for 40 minutes. Turn it over and roast until nicely browned, 20 to 30 minutes.
1/2 cup finely chopped lemon grass (3 or 4 fresh stalks)
2 tbsp. finely chopped shallots
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. dried chile flakes
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. sugar
4 1/2 tsp. fish sauce
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 chicken (2 to 4 lbs)
2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Some great recipes using Cilantro are:
Just before serving, in blender pulse salsa with cilantro until cilantro is finely chopped (use caution when blending if salsa is heated) and season with salt.
Cilantro Recipes and General Information