Organic coriander seed: Coriander is a spice that has been used in the Mediterranean and Asia for thousands of years and is now widely cultivated and available in the West. Traditionally, it was used to support healthy digestion and was often added to beans or other hard to digest dishes due to its carminative qualities.
- Dried, ripe spherical fruit (seed) whole or powdered as a spice, tea, or flavoring for liquor.
- Used as a culinary spice in India, coriander is a main ingredient in Indian curry powder alongside spices such as turmeric, fenugreek, cumin, and chili.
- In some of the northern parts of Europe and in Russia, coriander is used to flavor alcoholic liquors, in particular, gin.
- Belgian-style white beer is often brewed with coriander and orange peel which gives it the characteristic spicy citrus flavor.
- Further, the sweet citrusy and musty aroma of the ripe seeds have been used to flavor sausages, pickles, candies, sauces and soups, medicinal elixirs, and have also been distilled into essential oil.
- In particular, it is used in elixirs containing harsh purgatives or laxatives such as senna to mask the flavor and to moderate its propensity to cause intense cramping.
- Much of the traditional medicinal uses for coriander center around its carminative, stomachic, and antispasmodic activities as it has been employed to support digestion and to stimulate appetite in a variety of cultures and countries for thousands of years.
- A variety of sources suggest coriander’s properties as a relaxing nervine as well, and in Maud Grieve’s words in her book the Modern Herbal “If used too freely the seeds become narcotic.”
Standardized: coriander (fruit), cilantro (leaf)
Other: Chinese parsley, yuan sui zi
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