Commonly known as cilantro this product may be called Cilantro Oil or Green Coriander Oil.
Coriander has a unique history and is known to some as one of the oldest known herbs, dating back as far as 7,000 years. It is now cultivated in many parts of the world, primarily for its use as a culinary herb with fresh leaves used as a key ingredients in many Indian foods (such as chutneys and salads); in Chinese and Thai dishes; in Mexican cooking, particularly in salsa and guacamole and as a garnish; and in salads in Russia. Chopped coriander leaves are a garnish on Indian dishes such as dal.
Egypt are one of the largest producers of herb and based on history, perhaps they are also the oldest producer with historians tracing its origins back to ancient Egypt times. Now native across the Mediterranean and North Africa Egypt are also one of the larger producers of coriander herb oil.
Outside of the obvious flavour uses (and some less obvious which include flavours like gin) the essential oil from this ancient herb has its place in aromatherapy offering a variety of benefits. These include fighting fatigue, helping the digestive system and detoxifying the body to aid with the relief of arthritis and other muscular pains. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and when used as a massage oil can help with blood circulation and joint pains.
As a fragrance ingredient the oil has some useful middle notes bringing a herbaceous, woody and spicy note to any accord.
The market is fairly flat at the moment as most production is made to order around May-June and with some carry over supplies from 2016 still in the market there is no problem of availability. Prices for Egyptian quality remain higher than that of other origins but some prefer this type and are happy to pay the premium.
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