Coriander is one of the oldest herbs and Whole Spices on record. Coriander Seeds are tan-colour, ribbed, lightweight fruits with subtle flavour that is warm and spicy with a slight hint of citrus flavour. Coriander spice has an aromatic sent which is soothingly warm, nutty, slightly fruity, and complex. Like other spices coriander is available throughout the year providing a fragrant flavour that is reminiscent of both citrus peel and sage. The fruit of the coriander plant contains two seeds which, when dried, are the portions used as the dried spice. When ripe, the seeds are yellowish-brown in color with longitudinal ridges. Coriander seeds are available whole or in ground powder form.
- Coriander is my Number 1 gas buster and helps to stimulate the appetite.
- Coriander seed can be used for making a medicinal tea to soothe an upset stomach, to treat indigestion, and mild gastrointestinal upsets.
- Sugar-coated coriander seeds are used as a breath freshener in India.
- Coriander is known to lower blood sugar by stimulating the secretion of insulin. As a matter of fact, it is called an "anti-diabetic" plant.
- It also helps the heart by lowering bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol.
- Coriander's anti-inflammatory properties are used in treating arthritis. Here's a remedy you can use to get relief from the ailment. Boil ground coriander seeds with water and drink the concoction.
- Coriander can also be used to treat bacterial and fungal infections.