Herbs

Coriander- Health Benefits

Coriander or coriandrum satvium is an annual herb which belongs to the family, ╦ťApiaceae’. It is one of the most commonly used spice (seeds) or herb (leaves). It is also called Cilatro in US and in India it is commonly known as Dhania in Hindi. In the western world Coriander is also known as Chinese parsley or Mexican parsley.

All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the most commonly used in cooking.

Leaves and stems:

The fresh leaves and stems are an essential ingredient in many Vietnamese foods, Asian chutneys, Mexican salsas and guacamole, and occasionally are used in sushi rolls. The fresh coriander herb is best stored in the refrigerator in airtight containers, after chopping off the roots. The leaves do not keep well and should be eaten quickly, as they lose their aroma when dried or frozen.

Fruit:

The dry fruits are known as coriander seeds or coriandi seeds. For optimum flavour, whole coriander seed should be used within six months.

Roots:

Coriander roots are used in a variety of Asian cuisine. They are commonly used in Thai dishes.

Health benefits

The coriander herb acts as healer to a number of ailments:

  • Coriander is believed to relieve bloating
  • Coriander has now been scientifically shown to relieve symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
  • Coriander is considered beneficial in diabetes management. Coriander acts in a manner similar to insulin and also helps in the secretion of Insulin.
  • Both seed and leaves of coriander have antioxidant properties and are believed to help relieve anxiety.

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