CorianderA distinctive zesty and aromatic flavour
Did you know?
Coriander is one of the world’s most commonly used herbs. However, 4-14% of the population perceive the taste of Coriander to be like bath soap, so you will either love or hate it!
Coriander lovers enjoy a distinctive flavour blend of lemon and sage – and what’s even better – every part of the Coriander plant can be used and has a different flavour. You can use its leaves stems, seeds and roots.
Coriander belongs to the carrot family and just looking at its leaves, is often mistaken for parsley. But beware! It cannot be used as a substitute for parsley.
Coriander is used in many cuisines around the world and its name is as varied as the dishes it flavours, you may have come across Dhaniya in India, Chinese Parsley, or Cilantro, these are all names for Coriander,
Coriander is great for…
Used as condiment, garnish, or decoration, raw is always better!
Coriander is extensively used in Mexican cooking, particularly in salsa and guacamole and as a garnish. Fresh Coriander leaves are an ingredient in many South Asian foods (such as chutneys and salads); in Chinese, Thai, and Burmese dishes; and in salads in Russia. In Portugal, chopped Coriander is used in the bread soup Açorda, and in India, chopped Coriander is a garnish on Indian dishes such as dal.
Pairs well with…
- Olive oil
- Anything tomato
For maximum flavour, Coriander is best added to dishes just before serving. As heat diminishes its flavour, we recommend using raw or adding to the dish immediately before serving.
In Indian and Central Asian recipes, Coriander leaves are used in large amounts and cooked until the flavour diminishes. The leaves spoil quickly when removed from the plant and lose their aroma when dried or frozen.
Take care of your Coriander
Coriander is the most difficult potted herb to look after!
Water little but often, if required, when the surface of the compost is dry to the touch. As Coriander is a natural rosette forming plant, it tends to collapse when taken out of its sleeve. Keep in a cooler place of your kitchen bench away from direct sunlight.
Keep your pre-cut pack of Coriander in the fridge, it doesn’t mind being cool!.
Coriander leaves are particularly rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K, with moderate content of dietary minerals.
Coriander is an antioxidant superfood. It’s got a lot of dietary fiber, which is excellent for lowering bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol.