In the summer we grow Cilantro in the garden and enjoy it in many meals. In the winter time, Cilantro is a rare treat that we only buy from the grocery store on occasion. The other day, there was a bunch of Cilantro at the co-op that was looking mighty beautiful and seemed to be singing to me from across the room. So I brought it home to Jeff’s delight. I love Cilantro because it’s so delicious, but it’s also incredibly good for you. Here are some amazing facts about Cilantro from ‘Nourishing Traditions’:
“Cilantro leaves are rich in calcium, iron, carotenes, and vitamin C.”
“…cilantro can mobilize mercury and other toxic metals from the central nervous system if large enough amounts are consumed daily.”
“Cilantro is the first known substance that stimulates the body to remove mercury and other toxic metals from the central nervous system and excrete them via the stool or urine. Dried cilantro does not work, which implies that the active principle is an aromatic substance (that soapy taste?) in the fat-soluble portion of the leaves. The heavy metal detox capabilities of cilantro should also make it of great use in the treatment of depression, Alzheimer’s disease, lack of concentration and related disorders.” -Sally Fallon
Yes, I’d say Cilantro is definitely Soul Food!