Coriander is not only particularly suitable as a kitchen spice
Coriander is known for its distinctive smell and taste and is one of the oldest culinary herbs in the world. But the plant from the umbelliferous family can do much more than just give dishes a special touch. The essential oil it contains makes it an ideal home remedy for stomach pain.
Leaves are often used for Asian dishes
Most people know coriander from the kitchen and combine it with a very striking smell and taste. The sweet aromatic grains are e.g. used to season bread, sauces, potatoes, ragouts or legumes. The green of the herbaceous plant, on the other hand, tastes rather strong, bitter and pungent and has a lemon-peppery fragrance. It is therefore particularly suitable for Asian cuisine and is used here as a seasoning and for decorating the plate.
Herb can help with stomach problems
But that's not all. Because the plant, also known as "bug herb", has been known as a valuable medicinal plant since ancient times. This is due to the essential coriander oil, which helps with gastrointestinal problems and stimulates the appetite, reports the news agency "dpa", citing the consumer information service aid. The herb can relieve mild cramps and reduce gas and bloating, which is why it is often found in medications and teas for gastrointestinal problems.
Keep seeds dry and protected from light
In addition to that, there is a substance in the dried and fresh coriander with the name "Dodecenal", which is said to have an antibiotic effect. This should make the herb e.g. against salmonella, the information says. If you want to plant coriander in your own herb bed, you should choose a sunny to partially shaded and above all sheltered place. In addition, the plants would prefer moist, humus-rich and slightly calcareous soil. Sowing for seed production begins around the beginning of April, and the seeds can then be harvested between mid-July and late August. They are then dried and stored away from light and moisture. The leaves and stems can be cut as needed because they grow back, according to the aid. (No)