(Coriandrum sativum)Cilantro is imported primarily from Morocco, Romania and Mexico. The leaves are hand-harvested about one month after sowing, usually by shearing the outer-most leaves. New growth commences within a few days from the center of the plant. Cilantro was one of the first-used herbs in recorded history, as well as one of the first spices to reach America.
(Petroselinum crispum var. neapolitanum)
The leaves of Italian Parsley are divided into feather-like sections, and lay flat like celery leaves. The herb is also known as flat-leafed parsley. Italian parsley is a bi-annual herb in that the seeds are planted in the fall for harvest the following year. Part of parsley's allure is that the leaves can actually enhance the flavor of other herbs and aromatics.
(Origanum x majoricum)
Oregano has tender, light-green oval-shaped leaves with a spicier flavor than marjoram. Its square stem identifies it as a member of the mint family. Oregano's discovery by WWII GIs pushed its popularity past that of marjoram with surprising speed.