Herb 101: Coriander

My favourite herb. So freshhhhhh.

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It just lifts the flavour of any dish, avo pasta, hummus, curry, salad, wrap, sandwich…

And I haven’t killed mine yet.

Planting

Although I planted mine from seedlings, coriander can actually grow more reliably from seeds. Find a nice sunny spot for your pot! To ensure you have the continuous supply you SHOULD need, plant the seeds in successions.

Time of Year

Coriander isn’t fond of frost, but also doesn’t like extreme heat. In South Africa, the best time to plant is during the cooler  season, early autumn or spring.

Soil

Use mulch (I just used dried leaves) to prevent the soil from drying out.

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Did you know?

Coriander belongs to the carrot family!

The Chinese used the herb in potions, claiming it had the power to give someone immortal life. While that benefit has yet to be proven, eating cilantro can aid your digestive processes, relieving pain from intestinal gas. Cilantro may even be helpful in treating urinary tract infections as it soothes inflammation. Because the herb is so rich in vitamins, other healing benefits include relieving stress, headaches and nausea.

Like almost all herbs, coriander boasts a number of health benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Protects against salmonella
  • Rich in magnesium, iron and phytonutrients
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Relieves intestinal gas, and prevents nausea
  • Prevents urinary infections
  • Actually lowers bad cholesterol, and raises good cholesterol
  • Gentlemen, you better learn how to make coriander pesto for your partners – coriander reduces menstrual mood swings and cramping! (Ladies, feed it to your she-boss!)

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