8 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know about Cilantro and Lime

Cilantro and Lime are the ultimate team when it comes to ingredients—the perfect combination. There are a number of factors that make these two ingredients so unique. They are the power couple of the cuisine world, each uniquely exceptional in its own way. The following are a few facts about cilantro and lime you can use to impress your friends at your next dinner party: 


1. Cilantro is the leaf component of a coriander plant.

In fact, the name cilantro is the Spanish word for Coriander. Coriander seeds are grown from the same plant, yet cilantro and coriander have distinctly different flavors. 

2. Cilantro has a citrus flavor.

It has a hint of lemon-lime flavor. Perhaps that is partly why cilantro and lime complement each other so well. One of the popular examples of this combination is cilantro lime dressing. Of all the types of salad dressing, this tasty duo seems to stand the test of time.

3. Cilantro is packed with vitamins and minerals.

Cilantro is rich in vitamins A, C and K. It is particularly rich in vitamin K, which is especially important for bone health. It also contains a good source of magnesium, manganese, and iron. These minerals help with red blood cell production and also important antioxidants. Just a small amount of this herb can give impressive health benefits.  It’s no wonder that cilantro is used in so many healthy recipes.

4. Cilantro has been used for thousands of years.

Although the cilantro-lime combination seems to be a new hip flavor, cilantro’s origins can be traced back to Old Testament times. In the book of Exodus, the flavor of manna is compared to coriander seed. Cilantro has been found in the tombs of the Egyptians. It was also mentioned in “Arabian Nights,” which is a book of writings believed to be started in the 8th century. Cilantro was brought to the Americas by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. 


5.  The nickname “Limey” originated from the use of limes by British sailors.

They began issuing the use of limes in the early 19th century as a means to protect against contracting scurvy, which is a disease resulting from a lack of Vitamin C. It was common to sailors who had been at sea a long time. Lemons and limes were thought to have enabled to sailors to stay at sea longer. Be sure to put lime in your healthy recipes so you don’t get scurvy either.

6. Limes can be used as a natural preservative.

When some fruits and vegetables are cut, they can develop a brown coloring, which is the result of being exposed to oxygen. Lime juice can slow down this process and prevent the brown color. 

7. Eating limes can help fight infection.

You knew limes contained vitamin C to build immunity, but they also contain antibiotic properties from a compound called flavonol glycosides (if you want to get technical). A research study in West Africa showed that limes may have helped to fight against cholera. 

8. Limes can be sweet.

There are a wide variety of limes that are cultivated in the world, but some types have so little citric acid that they are known as sweet limes. They can be yellow, so people often mistake them for lemons. Just like your favorite sour limes, sweet limes also can be used to make some of the best summer meals.

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