The Many Culinary and Health
Benefits of Cilantro

The culinary benefits of cilantro are well known. Every bit is edible, and can be used to flavour your food. The chopped fresh leaves are a tasty addition to stews and curries, added just before serving to preserve their freshness and potency.

The ground seeds are a vital ingredient in spice blends including many garam masala, taco and curry powder recipes. Nothing goes to waste, even the cilantro root has many culinary uses!

cilantro plant

In Thai cooking the root is often used as a base for curry pastes, particularly the famous Thai Green Curry Paste.

The cilantro plant is actually fairly unusual in that it's both a herb and a spice, the delicate leaves being the herb, and the seeds being the spice.

Read more about using them.

These are also known as coriander seeds.

Incidentally, apart from the US, most other English speaking countries refer to the whole plant, leaves and seeds, as coriander.

Health, Well Being & Medicinal Benefits of Cilantro

But it's not just in a culinary sense that you get to appreciate the benefits of cilantro, both the seeds and leaves also have medicinal properties!

Some of the many known health uses include...

  • Rich in flavonoids and phytonutrients, which are known for their antioxidant properties and help fight free radicals
  • Chock full of minerals like iron and magnesium. Both essential nutrients
  • Effective against indigestion and helps settle the stomach
  • Because it's a natural anti-inflammatory, it may help to ease the symptoms of arthritis
  • Cilantro seeds can help to lower cholesterol and control blood sugar levels
  • Helps prevent and treat nausea
  • Excellent source of dietary fibre
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol

Folk Medicine and Traditional Uses...

Iranians have used it to treat insomnia and anxiety. In India they make it into a drink. The seeds are boiled in water, then cooled and drunk as a diuretic.

Growing the Herb

picture of cilantro plant

Add in the fact it's easy to grow and cultivate and you can't really go wrong with this plant.

Read step-by-step tips on how to grow cilantro, and have a constant supply all year round.

I think that, along with its culinary uses and medicinal and health benefits, it definitely deserves to be called a super herb! 

Other Benefits of Herbs and Spices Pages

All About Basil Herb
 and its Essential Oil

Clove Spice - Numerous
Uses and Well-being

Benefits of Cinnamon -
Great for Health and
Your Home Cooking

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