Coriander

CORIANDER

About Coriander-
Coriander can reach 20 inches in height. Size and shape of coriander leaves depend on their position on the stem. Fan-shaped, deeply lobed leaves can be seen at the base of the plant. Feathery leaves are typical for the flowering stalks. Coriander develops miniature, asymmetrical flowers that are usually white or pale pink colored. Flowers are gathered in flat-topped inflorescence called umbel. Coriander blooms during the summer. Coriander produces spherically-shaped dry schizocarp (type of fruit). Ripe fruit splits in half and releases two seed. Even though all parts of coriander are edible, people usually consume leaves and seed.


Benefits Of Coriander in Daily Life & Health -
*Coriander can be used fresh, dried or ground. Since heat destroys flavor of coriander, leaves are often added just before serving. They are used to enrich flavor of soups, salads, omelets and dishes made of rice, lamb or beans.
*Coriander is rich source of dietary fibers, vitamins K, A and C and minerals such as magnesium, iron and potassium.
*Its seeds are an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required for the production of red blood cells. Iron is essential for cell metabolism and red blood cell formation. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis.
*Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is utilized by the body as a co-factor for the powerful anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.