Coriander Facts (Spanish: Cilantro)

Cilantro is especially rich in Vitamin K, which aids in healthy blood clotting.

Coriander (español: cilantro) (Coriandrum sativum), also known as Chinese parsley or cilantro, is related to parsley, carrots, and celery. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most used in cooking. It may help lower blood sugar, fight infections, and promote heart, brain, skin, and digestive health. In the United States, Coriandrum sativum seeds are called coriander, while its leaves are called cilantro. Coriander seeds, extract, and oils may all help lower blood sugar. Animal studies suggest that coriander seeds reduce blood sugar by promoting enzyme activity that helps remove sugar from the blood. Coriander offers several antioxidants, which prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals. Some animal and test-tube studies suggest that coriander may lower heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Many brain ailments, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis, are associated with inflammation. Coriander contains antimicrobial compounds that may help fight certain infections and foodborne illnesses. Dodecenal, a compound in coriander, may fight bacteria like Salmonella, which can cause life-threatening food poisoning.

Cilantro can grow roots if the stems are placed in a glass of water. Once the roots are long enough, plant them in a pot. In a few weeks new sprigs will be starting, and in a few months you’ll have a full plant. How to grow plants with cuttings from the kitchen.

Nutrition: 3.5 oz cilantro (100 g)
calories 23
calcium 7% DV
carbohydrates 3.67 g
fat 0.52 g
fiber 2.8 g
folate 16% DV
iron 14% DV
magnesium 7% DV
manganese 20% DV
niacin 7% DV
pantothenic acid 11% DV
phosphorous 7% DV
potassium 11% DV
protein 2.13 g
riboflavin 14% DV
sodium 3% DV
sugar 0.87 g
thiamine 6% DV
zinc 5% DV
vitamin A 42% DV
vitamin B6 11% DV
vitamin C 33% DV
vitamin E 17% DV
vitamin K 295% DV
SOURCES: HEALTHLINE / WIKIPEDIA