October 26, 2016
One of the herbs that is used and loved in the Mediterranean cuisine is the coriander, and of course, Portugal is no exception even that its cuisine is not fully Mediterranean.
Coriander is used a little bit over all Portugal, in many dishes and many ways but mostly in Alentejo. The Indian and Arabic cuisine also use coriander as the main herb.But where it comes from?
There is not a really right answer but it's known that the Egyptians used it to embalm bodies and as a medicinal plant.
In fact, coriander has vitamin C, minerals and essentials oils that make a health benefit using it.
As food, coriander can be used as a herb or as a seed like in a curry or stews for example. It's so versatile that is also used in desserts and bakings. From the herb, you can use the leaf and as well the stem.
If you are using ground coriander, remember that it lose its flavor fast, so you should keep it in an airtight container. As a whole seed, it keeps for a long time.
The biggest producers are Canada, Morocco, India, Pakistan, Bulgaria, and Romania.
As mentioned before, coriander is widely used in Alentejo, being one of the herbs that define the region with the Açorda ( Bread soup) being the recipe that best shows case it.
Here we love this herb and use it in almost everything in all ways ( see, ground and herb) and even the smell makes us happy.
And in case you are wondering the difference between coriander and cilantro, well it's the same, just change the country where you are at.
Coriander has lovers and haters; while people love them there is also who can't stand the flavour or smell.
And what about you?
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