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Coriander: Summer Spice Of The Week

Derived from the seeds of the coriander plant (Coriandrum sativum), coriander is a culinary spice that is part of the parsley family. 

Coriander is notable for many health benefits, including:

It has also been used around the world to treat a variety of health concerns including digestive disorders, heatstroke, anxiety and insomnia. Nutritionally, coriander is a very good source of dietary fiber and calcium.

Depending on the form it is in, coriander can be kept for up to a year. Ground coriander should stay fresh for six months, but whole seeds should last about a year. Make sure that both coriander seeds and powder are stored in a tightly sealed glass container away from heat and light. Before grinding the seeds, consider soaking them in cold water for about ten minutes to help revive the essential oils.

Here are some delicious recipes with coriander to try: 
Chickpea & Broccoli Masala Curry
Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

Coriander & Cilantro – Spices in the Kitchen (Video)

Cilantro comes from the leaves of the coriander plant while the spice that we know as coriander comes from the seeds of the plant. Coriander seeds exhibit anti-inflammatory properties as well as cholesterol-lowering properties. Cilantro is used as a garnishment on foods and often in Mexican dishes and salsas. Some people experience an unpleasant soapy or metallic-like taste with cilantro due to a genetic discrepancy in people.

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