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Coriander or Cilantro are basically the same thing. But regardless whether you use the coriander seeds or the leafy cilantro they both have delightful benefits to your health.
Coriander seed’s benefits can help with your digestion, help control diabetes, and due to the low calorie count can improve your ability to lose weight.
Cilantro’s benefits are similar to Basil in Nutrition #1 in that it has a decent 16% helping of Vitamin K in 4 grams or 1/4 of a cup of cilantro. It does also have a few other Vitamins that can help out as well: 5% of Vitamin A, 2% of Vitamin C, and 1% of Vitamin E & Folate.
Vitamin A’s role in your life is maintaining that smooth skin for all the men to admire, or maintaining your vision or neurological function. No one wants to have a brain glitch on a date so make sure to say YES to that cilantro on your Hispanic dish that was prepared for you.
One of my favorite foods is Mexican food. Those burritos, tamales, street tacos, or tostadas…..yum. I prefer not to have the stem of the cilantro but the leaves provide a nice simple and fresh taste to an asada street taco or that sweet pork tostada from my local restaurant.
Also like basil being a leafy green, cilantro is a pretty easy to grow with a little bit of flowing water, nutrients, and lots of light it can provide a little bit for your dishes within 30-40 days after planting the seeds.
Check out a recipe that uses Cilantro in our recipe section.
Courtesy of Food Network
- 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Blend all ingredients in food processor except mayonnaise and salt and pepper. Process until cilantro is fine. Add mayonnaise and process just until blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
This sauce is good with any seafood or fish, especially salmon.
Link to Food Network here.
Basil or Ocimum basilicum is a leafy green plant that has many wonderful and beneficial properties. They are also fairly easy to grow and can be cut to make more Basil plants.
The most beneficial part about this plant, in 5 grams of chopped leaves, is the 27% of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is said to help with preventing blood loss from a cut by improving blood clotting. Also K can help prevent heart disease, and build strong bones.
At Tinee9 we are growing a variety called Lemon Basil and in 49 days after planting the seed, we have been able to take our first cuttings and replant the stems to grow more Basil. Also we have been able to taste our first leaves for our dinners.
What does fresh Lemon Basil Leaves taste like? Well they have a slight initial bitter taste to them but then as the bitter subsides, a minty lemon flavor lingers on your tongue for a long time. It is refreshing and satisfying.
Basil is typically used in Italian pesto dishes. But that is not all you could use them for. You can also pair Basil with fish, poultry, or vegetables.
In our recipe section you can find a recipe that uses Basil.
Courtesy of Food Network
- 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese
- Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
- If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.
- If freezing, transfer to an air-tight container and drizzle remaining oil over the top. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and stir in cheese.