Coriander

And the house of Israel called its name Manna. And it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey – Exodus 16:31

It’s interesting that Manna, the bread which the Lord gave the Israelites to eat was similar to the coriander seed. We know that coriander seed isn’t white but the Manna was like white coriander seed. The manna looked like coriander but it was white in color.

What is coriander? It comes from the Coriandrum sativum plant and is related to parsley, carrots, and celery. In the United States, the plant’s seeds are called coriander and its leaves are called cilantro. These leaves are Coriandrum sativum seeds are called coriander, while its leaves are called cilantro. Coriander leaves are very popular in India and is one of the common spices used in all of their curries.

Aside from adding flavor to many dishes, other benefits of coriander are:

  1. It is filled with fibers that improves digestion and is good to improve bowel movement.
  2. It has anti-diabetic properties and promotes insulin growth.
  3. It is known for its medicinal properties, used to cure allergies, eye infections, anemia etc. 
  4. If you are someone who suffers from heavy menstrual flow then drinking a glass of hot water infused with some coriander seeds will provide you some relief.
  5. May help lower blood sugar 
  6. Rich in immune-boosting antioxidants
  7. May benefit heart health
  8. May protect brain health
  9. Contains antioxidants that may protect your skin from aging and sun damage. It may also help treat mild skin rashes. It promotes hair regrowth and delays the premature greying of the hair.
  10. Easy to add to your diet

It’s always a good thing when you have a good that is not only adds delicious taste to your dishes but benefits you mentally and physically. Try adding Coriander to your diet. Your body, mind and taste buds will thank you.

Organic coriander seeds in the palm of hand – Getty Image

Sources: Healthline; Times of India

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