Less known than other aromatic herbs and spices, but absolutely to be discovered: here is all there is to know about coriander and its properties.
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Coriander is beneficial in its composition: it is rich in antioxidants, vitamins (in particular A, C, K and of the B group), iron and manganese.
What is coriander good for?
The property that most distinguishes it is the fact that it helps to cleanse the body of intoxication by heavy metals, such as mercury, cadmium, lead and aluminum. Another highly appreciated virtue is that it improves digestion: if you have eaten too much, drink an infusion with coriander and you will immediately benefit from it. However, this infusion is also useful in case of loss of appetite, abdominal swelling and flu. In fact, coriander is stimulating, helps to reduce intestinal gas and is an excellent remedy for diseases of the respiratory tract and oral cavity. Not only that, coriander is also antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic and promotes concentration. Good news also for those who have cholesterol problems, it helps to keep it under control. Does it seem so much already? In reality there is something else: coriander strengthens the immune system and acts on the nervous system, improving mood and contrasting tiredness and apathy.
How is coriander used?
Coriander looks like parsley in appearance, so much so that it is called oriental (or Chinese) parsley. Both of these plants belong to the same family. Coriander uses both seeds and leaves, fresh and dried. The seeds should be used whole or chopped shortly before use. In addition to cooking soups, soups or meat, fish and vegetable preparations, coriander can be taken in the form of herbal tea, just leave a teaspoon of coriander seeds or dried leaves in a cup for 5 minutes boiling water, after which you filter and drink the infusion.
How is coriander grown?
Coriander prefers a temperate climate and sunny locations, poorly enduring the cold. It has no particular soil requirements, it is sown preferably in April or May. Sowing can be done both in pots and in the vegetable garden. The seeds must be covered with a layer of soil about 3 centimeters thick. Consider watering the plant once or twice a week depending on the weather. The first shoots will be seen after 15 days, with time the plant will reach approximately 50 centimeters in height. Fortunately, it is little attacked by insects and parasites.