Coriander is a plant that doesn’t try too hard. But look beyond its ordinary exterior and you’ll find some pretty awesome powers.
Traditionally used to ward away and prevent food poisoning, coriander is a natural anti-histamine with wonderful detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a star of modern cuisine, it’s often used as a cooling ingredient which acts as a base for the aromas of complex spices. Or, you may recognize it alongside citrus juices and olive oil to cure fresh fish, scallops and other seafood on the on-trend South American dish of ceviche.
For centuries, coriander’s detoxing powers have used throughout the world to treat inflammation, high blood pressure and cholesterol and allergies. Nutritionally, coriander is naturally low in calories, while being packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants and iron – elements which are important to overall health and healthy immune systems. In addition, coriander’s high fibre content and essential oils help to release the release of enzymes and creative juices, helping to keep your gut happy.
On top of all that, it’s delicious! The humble coriander is uniquely versatile and true to form, it’s mild enough to happily sit alongside other spices and let them take centre stage. We love it so much that we use fresh and ground coriander in our chicken tikka and beef samosa and samosa pots, where it’s right at home and compliments both meats perfectly.
So hats off to coriander; it’s not just a garnish, it’s a herbal superhero in its own right.