Someone likes to use this plant as a fragrant green, and someone likes the smell of spicy seeds. Does everyone know that cilantro and coriander are one and the same? It turns out that this is how it is: different parts of the same plant have separate names. And not only the originality of the names is interesting this representative of the flora ...
What is coriander and what is cilantro?
Traditionally, greens are usually called cilantro, and seeds - coriander. This plant is known all over the world, because it has both a unique aroma and healing properties. As a seasoning, both greens and seeds are used by chefs. It is not surprising that the attractive smell of the plant was noticed by the creators of perfumery, who found use in the compositions of cosmetic preparations.
Interesting fact: only mature seeds of coriander have an attractive smell. Those that have not yet ripened, do not have a pleasant aroma, rather, quite the opposite. The plant itself is ranked as an umbrella family. Its stems are bare, branched, and the leaves are carved, resembling parsley. Just because of this external similarity, some people believe that cilantro and parsley are one and the same plant. And the names are relevant: "Chinese parsley" and "Mexican parsley." External similarity and coincidence of names are common characteristics for cilantro and parsley, which are still different plants. Confirmation of this - distinct smells and tastes.
For our latitudes, valuable cilantro is an exotic guest. Her homeland is the Mediterranean. Very popular plant in Asia and America, in Europe and the countries of the African continent.
Cilantro and Coriander: Familiar and Useful
Cilantro serves as a faithful companion of vegetables in light summer salads. To date, the plant there in many suburban areas. There is no doubt that cilantro in the form of greens brings considerable benefits. Her leaves can be dried and used as an original addition to the dishes. But the use of coriander, that is, the seeds of the plant, is much more common in cooking. Indeed, in this form, you can stock the seasoning in the right quantity, store for a long period and add to food whenever you want.
In cooking, the plant is used as follows:
- Cilantro as greens is added to salads, to baked meat and fish. Such seasoning transforms both the taste and flavor of dishes;
- in dried form, cilantro herbs are used as an ingredient in sauces, snacks, marinades;
- Coriander is used for long-term preservation of freshness of meat (marinade with crushed seeds is prepared);
- pastries (muffins and muffins, cookies and cakes) with coriander are uniquely aromatic;
- Some types of cheeses, sausages, canned foods are unimaginable without the addition of coriander;
- Experimental brewers add coriander to a frothy drink - and there are many connoisseurs of such an unusual taste.
The value of any plant is that it can give a pleasant sensation and benefit. This is cilantro, the beneficial properties of which are widely used in traditional medicine. The seeds of the plant contain essential oils, as well as tannins and alkaloids. All these elements are very important for human health. Cilantro green is a storehouse of vitamins K, A, PP and E, group B. In a large amount, the plant contains sodium and iodine, calcium and phosphorus. Of considerable benefit is the cardiac muscle, potassium, which also forms part of cilantro. It is worth noting that this plant is recommended by nutritionists, because it is low-calorie.-
The use of cilantro in cooking
In the recipes of traditional healers, coriander or cilantro are also found as ingredients. The beneficial properties of the plant in this area are aimed at overcoming various diseases. It is used to cure:
- cardiovascular diseases;
- disorders of the digestive system;
- endocrine system;
- upper respiratory tract.
Herbalists noted that the consumption of cilantro has a beneficial effect on the recovery of the body as a whole, cleansing the skin, improves eyesight.
Pay attention to the contraindications!
Cilantro and coriander are one and the same plant, which should not be abused. The rule of compliance is fair for this seasoning, like any other. Recommended:
- for 1 reception to consume no more than 35 g of cilantro or 4 g of coriander;
- to abstain from this plant for people suffering from hypertension who have had a heart attack.
In some cases, there are side effects of cilantro consumption (if you do not follow the recommended norm). So, possible violations of the menstrual cycle, sleep, manifestations of allergies.
No matter how this plant is called cilantro, coriander or Mexican parsley, there is enough evidence of its value. Many dishes are impossible without the unique smell and original expressiveness of seasoning taste. Greens and seeds bring noticeable benefits to human health. The main thing is to consume them moderately and seek advice from specialists if any doubts arise.