Quick & easy cilantro cleanse
and my Late-night cilantro ice
I found cilantro juice is less astringent and bitter than whole fresh leaves. If you avoid the herb in cuisine because of its potent after taste, you may find the fresh juice much easier to swallow, as I did, and it is quick and easy to make. Also called coriander and Chinese Parsley, cilantro has an abundance of health-building properties. Its ability to remove toxic metals from patients was first studied by Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, who removed mercury deposits in patients using 100 mg tablets of cilantro four times a day for 2-4 weeks. The original study can be read at PubMed.gov. To make fresh juice for at home, use these proportions:
• 1 Tbs. fresh cilantro (also called coriander), per
• 1 pint (1/2 liter or 12 oz) water
Blend at high speed, strain through metal or cloth mesh, add a bit of pulp back to your drink for texture if you like. Pulp or juice can also be added to marinades, gazpachos, smoothies, or any recipe calling for cilantro.
Cilantro juice can be flavored with citrus, tomato, or sea salt. I drink it straight, with no embellishment, and without the pulp. What a surprise to find the juice without the pulp was less astringent and soap-flavored than the fresh herb leaves.
Freeze plain cilantro juice into ice cubes, with a few fresh leaves tucked in for decoration, and you can use it for a late night cooling/cleansing drink when you don't want to run a noisy blender. Add the cubes to half a glass of liquid. As the cubes melt, they will add herbal taste and a healthy component to your drink.