Coriander is also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley. It is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking.
The components of essential oils found in coriander such as borneol and linalool, aid in digestion, proper functioning of the liver and bonding of bowels, while also helping to reduce diarrhea. It is also helpful in curing diarrhea caused by the microbial and fungal action, since components like cineole, borneol, limonene, alpha-pinene & beta-phellandrene have antibacterial effects. Consuming coriander has been shown to positively reduce blood pressure in many patients suffering from hypertension. As a rich source of calcium, coriander is of great value for people who want to protect the integrity of their bones. There are also many other health benefits one can get from this herb. We shall discuss this on future posts.
This is also very popular in the culinary world. Chefs grind the dry seeds to powder and dust over veal, pork, or ham before cooking. Young leaves are knows as cilantro. The roots, which can be frozen are used to flavor soup; serve chopped with avocados.
Some tips if you wish to plant this on your backyard garden. Sow seeds in early spring, ¼ in. deep in rows 12 inches apart. Thin within established seedlings to 6 inches apart.