What is Coriander?

The Greek word koriandron passed into Latin as coriandrum, which in turn came to our language as coriander or coriander. It is an herb that is used as a condiment.

Coriander belongs to the family group of the Umbelliferae or Apiaceae. Its stem can be up to eighty centimeters high, with threadlike leaves on the upper part and serrated on the lower part. The plant has reddish flowers and produces small scented fruits.

Coriander leaves are generally eaten fresh, while the seeds and fruits are used when dried. The leaves are usually chopped or cut into very small pieces to add to the dish when serving. When fresh, coriander is not cooked as the heat modifies its flavor and fragrance.

Coriander leaves are also used to make guacamole and green sauce or to flavor stews, meats, soups, salads and other preparations. As for the fruits, seeds and even dry leaves, it is common that they are ground to use in the preparation of breads, sausages and other products.

Coriander is increasingly used in the kitchen because it is considered to bring a long list of advantages, among which we can highlight the following:
-It is considered to have anti-inflammatory properties.
-It is very useful to be able to end nausea, either because you are pregnant or because you have any disease.
-It is believed that it is useful to improve what is called good cholesterol.
-It is very appropriate to reduce and even eliminate colic suffered during menstruation.
-It has antioxidant properties.
-Cilantro is also useful to reduce the risks of suffering a urinary infection.
-It is a useful food to avoid or end anemia. Yes, because it provides the body with significant amounts of iron.
-It also improves and strengthens the immune system.

To all this we must add that it is useful to slow down the aging of the eyes, that it relieves conjunctivitis, that it reduces the amount of sugar in the blood and that it helps to end eczema and fungi. It also helps to end bad breath, prevents oral ulcers and is even a great product to provide the body with various vitamins, especially type C.

It is advised that women who are expecting a child consult their doctor beforehand whether or not they can take coriander. And there are some studies that establish that taken in a certain amount can bring complications to pregnancy and even cause abortion.

It is important to mention that there are several plants that are usually called coriander. One of them has the scientific name of Coriandrum sativum: the only species of the Coriandreae tribe and the genus Coriandrum.

The Eryngium foetidum, which is known as ground coriander, cilantro or cimarrĂ³n, is a plant native to the American continent that is very similar to the Coriandrum sativum species.

The chervil (cerefolio or chervil) and Oenanthe crocata (turnip devil or celery bravo) also called cilantro in some regions.