2 3 live&learn&rejoice: Coriander and cilantro

January 14, 2011

Coriander and cilantro

Per http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=70 - 

"Coriander seeds have a health-supporting reputation that is high on the list of the healing spices. In parts of Europe, coriander has traditionally been referred to as an "anti-diabetic" plant. In parts of India, it has traditionally been used for its anti-inflammatory properties. In the United States, coriander has recently been studied for its cholesterol-lowering effects."  

On the other hand, from the UCLA Library website (http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/biomed/spice/index.cfm?displayID=8) -
Coriander and cilantro have been advocated for health purposes in folk therapies, and the list of such uses is similar to those for other spices. However, no medical value has been adequately evaluated, and thus this popular herb/spice remains a cook’s ingredient, and is utilized as a manufacturer’s flavor, rather than being recognized as an herbalist’s medication. Food authorities regard coriander as one of the most versatile spices, and, perhaps not surprisingly, individual authors give very different descriptions of its flavor.


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