This August, our herb of the month is coriander. It has been the ‘nation’s favourite herb’ for many years now, although it’s distinct, citrusy aromatic flavour isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – we think it’s just brilliant, which is why we love adding it to our curries, dressings, soups, salads and even in cocktails!
Our top tip for using coriander is to add the delicate leaf towards the end of cooking, as too much heat will lessen its flavour. But, don’t forget, you can add the stems of coriander to your cooking at any point, as this part is just bursting with flavour.
At Herbilicious, we believe fresh is best, so we’ve got four ways you can use our herb of the month in your everyday cooking, drinking and even healing!
A World of Flavours: Coriander is often associated with world flavours because it is used in Asian, Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese foods, to name but a few! For more inspiration, check out our world flavours blog which has a host of delicious recipes from around the globe.
Herby dips: Try adding a handful of chopped coriander and a squeeze of lime juice to natural yoghurt for a herbilicious dip to share.
Soothing: Coriander has fantastic digestive qualities. So if you’re looking for a natural, herbal remedy to help soothe an upset stomach, try mixing fresh coriander, with hot water and a dash of lemon and honey.
Cheers: We all know that mint is the perfect partner for classic cocktails like Mojitos and Pimms – but did you know coriander is a winner with refreshing cocktails too? In fact, coriander pairs so well with white spirits such as gin and vodka, that mixologist J.James Goodman claims his favourite drink is this herbilicious cocktail he created called ‘The Coriander-Smash!’. We’ll drink to that!
If you love using coriander and would like to try some new and exciting ways of including it in your foods and drinks, we’ve got a whole range of coriander recipes on our website that you could try, like this Indian Scramble Naan – perfect for our World Flavours theme!
For more information on coriander and how to look after it, visit our coriander page.