To the world, the seeds of Coriandrum sativum are known as coriander whereas its leaves are appealingly called cilantro. It is insanely popular all across the globe since ancient times. It is an annual herb and owes its rights to the family Apiaceae.
From seeds to leaves, the whole plant is edible and no dish seems complete without its hint. Sitting proudly among the group of the oldest herbs on earth, coriander has witnessed 7000 years. Several ethnic dishes, vegetables (pickled or cooked), curries, and soaps seem to depend upon the existence of coriander.
This soft plant is thought to originate from the Mediterranean region and somewhere from Southern Europe. The feathery leaves on the stem go perfectly with the pale white and pink blossoms. The sweetly aromatic tannish-brown coriander seeds impart a zesty lemon-like taste.
Coriander is employed in various medicinal preparations to grab its seemingly endless benefits. It remarkably reduces elevated blood sugar levels, boosts weakened immunity, normalizes blood pressure and soaring cholesterol levels, protects against neurodegenerative disease like that of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, refines kidney functioning, and enhances the working of the digestive system.
Coriander is packed with Vitamin K, C, manganese, magnesium, iron, dietary fibers, protein, phosphorus, calcium, carotene, niacin, and potassium. To conclude, the treasure of coriander is a lot more than what we can think of.