Fresh, locally-grown Cilantro is this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from all locations of the valley’s Certified Farmers’ Markets. Cilantro, also known as Coriander or Chinese Parsley, is a pungent annual herb. Although it is native to Southern Europe, North Africa, and Southwestern Asia, Cilantro is now grown and used throughout the world. All parts of the plant are edible, but the two parts that are most often used are the fresh leaves and stems (commonly known as Cilantro) and the dried seeds (commonly known as Coriander). Cilantro has a distinct smell and flavor. Its fresh leaves are most often used to flavor Mexican dishes, South Asian, Indian and Chinese dishes. Seeds (Coriander), on the other hand, are used to spice Indian dishes, as ingredients in pickling, to spice breads, and even in certain beer recipes. An important note for those first discovering Cilantro and Coriander: The flavors are quite different, and not interchangeable in recipes.
Did you know: Cilantro is best when fresh, but can be frozen or dried for future use. To freeze, place a small amount dry Cilantro leaves in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze. Once frozen, gather the leaves into a freezer bag, then return to the freezer. The frozen Cilantro can be used for up to six months.
Price: $1 per bunch and up.
Also in Season, and available now at all locations: Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Almonds, Oranges, Grapefruit, Chard, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Shallots, Beets, Green Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuces, Parsley, Mint, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Radishes, Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Cherimoyas, Dates . . . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh meats, cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars, and a wide variety of exotic Orchids and flowers.
The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in four locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:
- On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.
- On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.
- On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, 72-567 Highway 111.
Contact the Certified Farmers Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org font color="#0000FF">http://www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org> .
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.