This herb is derived from Coriandrum sativum, or the coriander plant. The leaves of this plant are commonly known as cilantro, whereas the seeds are coriander! The coriander plant has a lengthy history, as it was cultivated and harvested as early as Ancient Egypt, and was used as a spice in Greek and Roman culture.
The coriander leaves, or cilantro, have high amounts of the antioxidant flavonoid quercetin. Both the leaves and the seeds of this herb are rich in potassium, calcium, and iron, which can work towards regulating blood pressure and red blood cell production. Both the leaves and the seeds of the coriander plant have an antibacterial compound that has been known to fight off infections like salmonella.
Both coriander and cilantro are excellent herbs to incorporate into cooking, not only for their health benefits, but for the taste! Cilantro leaves are a great topping for avocado, fish, and spicy rice dishes, as they have a subtly cool taste. Coriander is great ground and used alongside other flavors like ginger for a slight spice. You can find cilantro in our Cilantro Lime Turkey Bowl, which gives a fresh kick to the dish.