We must learn to appreciate the health benefits of herbs and spices; They are so much more than just adding flavor to our dishes
Cilantro, also known as Coriandrum Sativum is used throughout the world for adding flavor to dishes and for healing; It is a popular herd that gives a fresh citrusy flavor to foods
It was one of the first herbs to be cultivated in North America, and has been used for many centuries for cooking, in Mexico, Africa, India, China, Spain, Thailand, the Middle East; Northern Europe, North Africa and South West Asia ;and not surprising, it was also used in Ayurveda medicine.
Fresh cilantro leaves are widely used in Mexican cooking.
There are many health benefits to this powerful herd.
1. Rich in phytonutrients, flavonoids and phenolic compounds
2. Helps remove harmful heavy metals-arsenic, aluminum, lead, cadmium and mercury
3. Supports heart health
4. Balance blood sugar levels
5. May help to ease anxiety and improves sleep
6. Could prevent food poisonings .
7. Protects your brain
8. Supports vision with vitamin A
9. Helps to build strong bones, teeth and hair.
11. Helps to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure,
12. Supports healthy cardiovasculatory function.
13. Rich in Vitamins A, K, C, E, Foliate, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium
14. Low in saturated fats and cholesterol, very few calories
15. Good source of dietary fiber
Coriander has been used for thousands of years to treat Gas,
Fungal and bacterial infections,
Prevent food poisoning,
Kill parasites in the digestive tract
Prevents urinary tract infections
Supports healthy menstrual function
Prevents against colon cancer
Soothes skin irritations
Protects against oxidative stress; which is linked to degenerative diseases like heart disease, arthritis, macular degeneration and Alzheimers.
Strong antioxidant properties
Difference between Cilantro and Coriander
Coriander refers to the whole plant, usually after the plant flowers and develop seeds; which are ground or used whole as a seasoning, or for flavoring foods. I was surprise to learn that it is a member of the carrot family. In other words coriander are the dried seeds of the cilantro.
Cilantro is the Vegetative stage of the plant’s life cycle-the leaves are sometimes referred to as Mexican or Chinese parsley. Cilantro and coriander are from the same plant but their flavors are very different and cannot be substituted for each other
The leaves of the Cilantro plant should be used fresh, as they will lose nutrients with heat. Store as you would flower, and cover the leaves with a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator. Water should be changed every two to three days.
The Main producers of coriander are Morocco, Romania, Egypt and lesser quantities in China and India
How to grow Cilantro
Cilantro grows best in well-drained moist soil in light shade or full sun in temperate zones; will not fear well in hot weather.
Plants should be 6 to 8 inches or in pots. Leaves can be harvested in 3 to 4 weeks.
You can grow cilantro indoors in pots; expose plants yo plenty of sunlight in the mornings, and slightly shaded sunlight in the afternoon. Use rich soil and do not use too much water.
To learn more about Cilantro/ Coriander, just Google the health benefits of Cilantro and learn as much as I was able to; start with this link.-thegoodinside.com.
Have a healthy cooking.