Cilantro VS. Coriander: What's the Difference?
BY TEAM AVA
FEBRUARY 20, 2020
CILANTRO HAS ALWAYS CREATED POLARIZING OPINIONS AND REACTIONS FROM PEOPLE - THEY EITHER LOVE IT OR HATE IT. FROM SEED, TO ROOT, TO SPICE CILANTRO AND CORIANDER ARE QUITE DIFFERENT.
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Cilantro comes from the plant species - coriandrum sativum. "Cilantro” refers to the leaves and stalk of the plant and “coriander” refers to the dried seeds of that same plant. Although both come from the same plant, coriander and cilantro have different tastes, uses, and nutrients.
Cilantro has a strong fragrant taste described as almost citrusy. People often have a polarizing view of it; either love it or hate it. Some people have a specific genetic trait which makes them find cilantro repulsive and describe the herb as having a soapy flavor. However, coriander is described to be more spicy and nutty often added in sweet or savory dishes.
Coriander is often used in European, Latin, Middle Eastern and Indian dishes. Coriander is found in stews, curries, soups, added with meat rubs, pickled vegetables, and bread. Cilantro is often used in Mexican, Asian, Indian and Caribbean cuisine. It pairs well with citrus, tomatoes and meat. It is often found in salsa, guacamole, salads, stir fry, chutney, soups or made into a green zest dressing.
Cilantro leaves have a much higher level of vitamins and lower levels of minerals whereas coriander has low levels of vitamins but higher minerals.
Cilantro is often mixed up with parsley! The immediate give away is the taste. If you are in the supermarket trying to figure out the difference one thing to notice is the smell. Cilantro will have a strong aromatic smell to it, whereas parsley is more subtle. Parsley has more flat pointy leaves. Cilantro is more rounded and curved edges. Remember: “Parsley is pointy, Cilantro is curvy.”
Cilantro is a beautiful leafy herb and is a packed superfood full of healing properties:
1. It helps remove harmful heavy metals in your body being an effective chelator.
2. Cilantro will balance your blood sugar level to help manage diabetes and elevate the levels of glucose in your body.
3. This leafy green helps protect your heart and gives you an edge from oxidative damage and helps protect your brain from Alzheimers or Parkinsons.
4. It contains high amounts of vitamin A and helps support your vision!
5. Helps pain and inflammation. C. sativum found in coriander can help relieve body pains. Studies show that coriander intake helps reduce the severity, duration and frequency of migraines.
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