Cilantro (also known as coriander in different parts of the world) has always been one of my favorite herbs – I add it to just about anything I can. But I recently found out that someone I know is part of a small population of people for whom cilantro tastes like soap. He can’t stand the herb! What a pity – this group of people is missing out on the wonderful flavors that cilantro imparts.
But cilantro is more than just good flavor. It is a powerful chelating agent, meaning that it binds with heavy metals in your body, and has been found to chelate (remove) heavy metals like mercury, aluminum, and lead.
This article, on Nutrition and You, talks about the many benefits of adding cilantro to your diet.
Cilantro is one of the popular Mediterranean herb which commonly recognized as leaf-coriander in Asia. It is widely employed in savory dishes in almost all parts of the world. The herb carries many notable plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health-promoting properties. Plant coriander is quite similar to dill in terms of utility where both its leaves as well as seeds can be used in cuisune.
Botanically, coriander herb belongs to the family of Apiaceae, in the genus: Coriandrum. Scientific name: Coriandrum sativum.
Read on for some of the benefits of cilantro…