Coriander sativum

Coriander is a herbaceous plant that is used both in cooking and in natural medicine; however, there may still be doubts about what it really is and / or what uses it has. Therefore, in this article we are going to explain everything you need to know about it.

Thus, after finishing reading, you will know not only what is coriander, but much more.

What is it?

Coriander, whose scientific name is Coriander sativum, is an annual herbaceous native to North Africa and southern Europe which is known as coriander, European coriander, Chinese parsley or dania. It develops erect stems, with compound light green leaves that reach a height of up to 60 centimeters. Its flowers, which are grouped in inflorescences, sprout in summer and the fruit ripens in autumn.

All the parts are edible, but the fresh leaves and dried seeds are used above all.

How is it grown?

If you want to have a few copies, we recommend that you follow our advice, which is:

  • Sowing: in spring.
    • Pot: it has to be about 20-25cm at least, and be filled with universal growing substrate (you can buy it here!).
    • Garden: they are sown in rows, leaving a distance of about 30cm from each other.
  • Irrigation: it is necessary to avoid that the earth remains dry.
  • Subscriber: it is advisable to fertilize throughout the season with organic fertilizers, such as guano (you can get here!) or chicken manure.
  • Harvest: when the plant has reached adult size.

What is?

Coriander seeds

  • Culinary use:
    • Fruits: they are used to season. In addition, they are indispensable for preparing curries, German and South African sausages, and rye bread (in Russia and Central European countries).
    • Leaves: used fresh as garnishes for different dishes, such as soups, and to make sauces and as an ingredient in salads.
  • Flavoring: The essential oil is used as a flavoring agent for liqueurs, digestive drinks and in perfumery.
  • Medicinal: the leaves have stimulating, antispasmodic and bactericidal properties.

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