Scientific Name: Coriandrum sativum
Coriander is the seed of the plant known as cilantro. It is one of the oldest spices, having been traced back to 5,000 BC in Egypt, however, its country of origin is not known.
Used most commonly in Latin-American and Mexican cooking, this spice has a mild, earthy, slightly lemony flavor. Coriander has a very versatile taste that makes it the ideal spice to go with your favorite meat and vegetable recipes.
Health benefits of coriander seed may include:
- Aids in digestion
- Good source of vitamin A, vitamin B, folic acid and beta carotene
Coriander contains a multitude of bioactive compounds that make it a powerful digestive aid. A natural anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic, it can relax overly contracted muscles in the stomach and ensure proper functioning of the liver and bowels. Thus, relieving pressure and pain associated with ailments such as IBS, constipation, and bloat.
Coriander is an excellent source of vital nutrients like zinc, potassium, calcium, and copper, as well as some very potent antihistamine-like properties. Together, they can reduce discomfort associated with seasonal allergies, as well as allergic reactions to plants, foods, and insects.
Brain & Bone Health
Rich in calcium and other essential minerals, Coriander can aid in the strengthening of bone, as well as in the prevention of osteoporosis. Meanwhile, the herb’s blend of volatile oils and fatty acids make it a powerful partner in the fight against neurological inflammation and diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis.
A natural antimicrobial, anti-epileptic, antidepressant, and anxiety inhibitor, Coriander is beneficial for everything from blood pressure to cholesterol. It can help detoxify the skin and shorten the recovery time of certain fungal infections. its antiseptic properties can speed up healing of ulcers and wounds. And with a high concentration of vitamins A and C, it may aid in the prevention of vision disorders and macular degeneration.
It can be added as a flavoring agent to a wide array of dishes, such as quiches, tortes, eggs, and other savory selections.
Known to many as Cilantro, Coriander is native to distinct locations in southern Europe, Northern Africa, and southwestern Asia. It’s been said that the herb was recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamen, leading archeologists to believe it was cultivated by ancient Egyptians as well. However, since it grows wild in such vast patches, botanists have a hard time defining new growth from established patches. Brought to North America in the 1670s, it was actually one of the first five spices cultivated by early settlers. Today, it remains a popular ingredient in a variety of dishes. While, more recently, it was discovered that a small percentage of the population has a genetic mutation, which causes this potent herb to have an overpowering floral taste.
If stored correctly, our Coriander Powder has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.