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Cilantro — a spice, used most often in cooking. It is obtained from plants of the family Umbelliferae coriander. This plant is excellent bee plant. It blooms in the first two months of the summer, and the fruits can be collected in the period from July to September. Today this plant is grown in Ukraine, Russia, the North Caucasus and the CIS countries.
That cilantro is useful for a person, learned more than 5 thousand years ago. In Ancient Egypt the leaves of this plant was placed in the tomb of the Pharaoh and then there was a belief that this spice to give the man immortality. The Eastern part of Asia believed that a potion made of coriander seeds is love: after drinking it, the man felt a surge of sexuality.
Cilantro has quite a few names, but most often it is called either cilantro or coriander. Rarely you can hear such a name as Chinese parsley.
While cilantro is not filled with essential oils, it can produce a not very pleasant smell, which is called the smell of insects. When fully ripe it disappears.
Cooking involves the use of cilantro in the form of dried, ground and whole seeds. Young leaves have a taste that smacks of bitterness and a typical spicy, rich aroma. Dry seeds give anise and citrus.
Besides the fact that the cilantro used in cooking, the use of it is found in soap, perfumery and cosmetics, but only give the characteristic flavor to the product.
In powdered form of coriander 216 calories. To buy this seasoning is the easiest way to dried, in bags.
This green is quite a useful product that possesses various favorable properties. It contains the most common vitamins B1, B2, C, P, and tannins, essential oils and carotene, which have different properties: expectorant, choleretic, anthelminthic, wound healing, protivogemorroidal, laxative. Useful properties of coriander does not end there.
Cilantro is a fairly useful product that firming effect on the body as a whole. It is used in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, gall bladder and cardiovascular system. Experts have proven that if you eat cilantro regularly you can cure the ulcer of the duodenum, stomach and gastritis. Even an ordinary dish that is flavored with sprigs of the herbs positively affects the body — cilantro helps to cleanse the intestines from harmful bacteria and toxins.
This spice stimulates the appetite and improves digestion, helps to digest heavy food, without the feeling of heaviness in the stomach. Thanks to the cilantro restored blood pressure and normalizes sleep. In addition, cilantro is an antiscorbutic. Even a waste of cilantro may be useful in agriculture, they feed the rabbits, poultry and pigs.
In cooking, cilantro is used in almost the same way as other greens. It goes well with dishes of meat, soups and salads. Seeds used as a spice, used for flavoring and enriching vitamins cheese, sausage, canned food (fish and meat), pickles, beer, liqueurs and various confectionery products. Essential oil extracted from coriander, is a component of various alcoholic drinks such as gins.
In addition to cooking, the fruit of coriander is also used as a natural fragrance in cosmetics and perfumes. Essential oil is converted into fat, which is subsequently used for soap making. Essential oil is used for preparing a drug which is used to treat glaucoma, keratitis, conjunctivitis.
This green in addition to useful properties, there are some contraindications. So, with excessive use of cilantro may be in breach of menstrual cycle in women. Regardless of the gender can cause problems with sleep, memory and potency. To avoid such troubles, at a time it is recommended to eat no more than 35 grams of this green (or not more than 4 gram of seeds).
It is not recommended to use cilantro as a salad for those people who have gastritis, ischemic disease of the heart muscle, acidity, hypertension, thrombosis, diabetes and thrombosis, as well as after experiencing a heart attack.