Many people dislike the intensely herbaceous flavor of this herb, but I use it often – usually in salsas that I serve with grilled fish or meat. Its pungent, almost citrusy flavor is a beautiful compliment to spicy ingredients, such as chiles. Cilantro belongs to the same horticultural family as parsley. It provides a smattering of vitamins and minerals but its real worth seems to lie in its antioxidant power and its valuable phytonutrients. Among its benefits, it is reputed to be helpful in removing toxic metals from the body and may help to prevent anemia.