Thursday, 11 June 2009

Coriander Leaves

English Name: Cilantro (Coriander Leaves)
Common Indian Name (Hindi): Hara Dhania

  • Coriander is an annual herb popularly grown and prized for its culinary and medicinal use.
  • The fresh leaves of the plant are called cilantro and are always used fresh, as they lose the flavor and aroma on drying. They are never cooked as they diminish their flavor. They are used in the end for flavoring the dish. Fresh leaves are used as a main ingredient in Vietnamese food, Asian chutney and other dishes.
  • Cilantro (Coriander leaves) is rich in the antioxidants, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
    They feature niacin, calcium and iron, which are believed to help boost the immune system, protect against degenerative disease and slow down the ageing process.
  • Cilantro (Coriander leaves) is reported to contain excellent digestive properties.
    Leaves are reported to help protect against drowsiness, especially after consuming big meals.
  • Drinking coriander juice is thought to help soothe hot itchy rashes and is said to help combat hay fever.
  • The leaves of coriander are stimulant and tonic. They strengthen the stomach and promote its action, relieve flatulence, increase secretion and discharge of urine and reduce fever.
  • They act an aphrodisiac, help in the removal of catchall matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes there by counteracting any spasmodic disorders.

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