Coriander and its characteristics
Coriander is a plant that grows spontaneously throughout the Mediterranean basin and in the East. Its presence among the vegetation is revealed by the typical umbrella-shaped inflorescence that emerges in the summer months. The seeds are attached to this flower crown. To preserve all its aroma, it is necessary to harvest early in the morning when the air is rich in dew. To preserve the seeds, cut the corolla a little lower than its base and place it in a paper bag in the shade. As soon as they are ready, the seeds will come off and can be stored in glass jars. The best time for harvesting is in the summer, from June to August. The flavor of the seeds is reminiscent of lemon, while the leaves have a hint of mineral like parsley. Depending on the cultures, both sides are used in the kitchen.
Beneficial effects of spice on the body
The beneficial effects of this plant have been known since ancient times. From the writings and from the representation on Pharaohs' tombs it is deduced that it was widely used. A handful of seeds infused in a cup of boiling water solves digestive problems and counteracts the formation of intestinal gas causing swelling and a sense of heaviness. Taking it in the evening helps to relax the nervous system after a stressful and tiring day. It is an excellent fungal and antiseptic. In the East, its powders mixed with other spices are used as a base for the preparation of incense. Burning it spreads a fresh scent in the air and promotes the decongestion of the respiratory tract during colds. According to the ancients, keeping it under the pillow, it kept away headaches and fever.