How to Store Cilantro to Keep them Fresh Longer


The aroma of cilantro makes the Indian cuisine taste like Indian! Its called coriander or Dhania leaves in India.

Its added in different stages of cooking but most commonly the dish is garnished with chopped cilantro in the end.

Cilantro is widely used in Indian and Mexican dishes.

The biggest issue I hear from people is cilantro gets rotten very quickly before they consume the whole bunch. Cilantro needs to be stored properly, and its really easy.

Take these simple steps and keep them fresh for up to 2 weeks.


Buy organic cilantro as much as possible.


Cut the roots or bottom part of the bunch.

Remove leaves that are dried, yellow or rotten.


Place in a glass or plastic container. Cover with a lid and store in fridge.

It will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.

Take out as much as you need and wash just before using. 

These are few points to remember about cilantro:

1. Storing cilantro in a plastic bag is a prefect recipe for rotting.

2. If you want to wash the whole bunch ahead, make sure to blot away water before storing in a container. I prefer to wash just before using.

3. Cut the roots off before storing.

4. Use cilantro within 2 weeks.


Green Chutney

  • 1 small organic tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, cut into big pieces
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-2 green chilies or jalapeno, remove stem and cut into big pieces
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lime (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 cup packed organic cilantro
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp organic maple syrup or sucanat

Place all ingredients in a blender in the sequence listed and blend for 2-3 minutes.

Try green chutney with bean burgers, yum!

Read more about benefits of cilantro here from John Douillard.

Share your experience with cilantro in the comments section below.


  1. This is an awesome tip! We use cilantro a lot and you are right, it goes bad fast. Can’t wait to try this method. Chutney sounds yummy, too.


  2. Thanks for the tip. I wonder if this works on other herbs as well. Especially basil that you purchase in the store that still has the root system?


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