FoodLink - Purdue Extension


Coriandrum sativum
Other Name(s): coriander, Chinese parsley
Available from June to September


Rinse cilantro in cool water to remove dirt just before use, then pat dry.

You can use cilantro whole (leaves and stems) or just the leaves .  


Short-Term Storage

You can store cilantro can be stored a couple of ways. You can place the stem ends in a glass of water, cover with a plastic bag, and place in the refrigerator. Or, you can store trimmed stems in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Store seeds and powder in a glass airtight container in cool, dark, and dry location. You can store the seeds and powder from 6 months to 1 year.

Long-Term Storage

Cilantro can be frozen or dried.

Learn more about freezing herbs.

Learn more about drying herbs.

Quick Fact

Coriander refers to cilantro's seeds.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

0.25 cup (4g)








Total Calories




0 g





Dietary Fiber

0 g


Total Fat

0 g


Saturated Fat

0 g



0 mg



2 mg
































Food Safety Tips

Be sure to wash your hands before handling fresh herbs.

Keep fresh produce away from raw meat and raw meat juices to prevent cross-contamination.

Follow the safe food guidelines for all fresh produce.

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