Cilantro is the world's most frequently used herb, although is is only beginning to come into its own in this country.
Also known as "Chinese parsley" and "fresh coriander," you will find it used in Chinese, Indian, Egyptian, Persian and Mexican cooking to an even greater extent than we use parsley.
Cilantro is the leaf of the coriander plant. Its flavor is quite distinctive, and people usually love it or hate it--nothing inbetween! Most recipes call for fresh cilantro, but this can be hard to come by in colder climates. In a pinch, substitute our dried leaves. For those just acquiring a taste for cilantro, the dried leaves are a good place to start. Their flavor is a bit more subtle than the fresh herb.