Coriander, or Coriandrum sativum, is a garden herb that should be planted around April to June. So now is the perfect time to get planting!
Coriander seems to be a very love it or hate it kind of food.
Coriander looks very similar to flat parsley, though it has a much more distinct taste.
It can be referred to as a herb or a spice. This is because the leaves are a herb similar to parsley, but coriander also produces a seed which is frequently used as a spice. The plant is unique in the way it produces both. The leaves will often be referred to as cilantro leaves while the spice is referred to as coriander seeds.
Health benefits - Coriander, like many green leaves, is packed full of nutrients. It contains:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
- Vitamin B6
Usage - Coriander has a slight citrusy flavour. It is used in many dishes and is often used as a garnish sprinkled on top of dishes to add to the flavour. Coriander is commonly used in spice blends, curries, soups, stir fries and in pickling.
Coriander can also be used as a herbal remedy in an infusion like tea.
Coriander is one of the world’s oldest spices and is even referred to in the bible.
Exodus 16:31 “Now the house of Israel called its name manna. It was like coriander seed, white, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.”
Get growing your own coriander today and enjoy the benefits!