Cilantro. It's the Marmite of the herb world, inspiring impassioned declarations of love and equally fervent cries of revulsion. Those who relish its citrusy punch swear it can elevate any dish, while the “soapy gene” sufferers recoil at its mere presence. But before you relegate cilantro to the culinary purgatory of your crisper drawer, dare to reconsider. This humble green leaf boasts a history as rich and vibrant as its flavor.
Imagine ancient Egyptians, decked in gold and linen, spiking their wine with cilantro leaves for a little “herbal enhancement.” Or Roman chefs, toga-clad and gladiator-adjacent, infusing their stews with the seeds of this versatile plant. Cilantro wasn't just a garnish; it was a symbol of everything from wit to immortality (talk about high expectations for your pesto!).