Spice Up Your Health: Coriander and Cilantro

by Sheetal Parikh, MS, RDN, LDN History Coriander is one of the oldest herbs and spices on record. Coriander was mentioned in the Bible, and the seeds have been found in ruins dating back to 5000 B.C. Its name comes from the Greek word koris, meaning a stink bug. Coriander, also called cilantro or Chinese parsley, is the feathery annual plant of the parsley…

Spice Up Your Health: Cumin

by Sheetal Parikh, MS, RDN, LDN I am excited to starting the journey of our spice learning series with the most famous spice, CUMIN which is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to a territory including the Middle East and stretching east to India. Cumin was a significant spice for the Minoans in ancient Crete. The ancient Greeks kept cumin at the dining…

Spice Up Your Plate (and Your Health!)

by Sheetal K. Parikh, MS, RDN, LDN  As an Indian American and vegetarian since childhood, herbs and spices have always been a very important ingredient of each and every meal that I am consuming each and every day. As a dietitian, I have always been asked a question on how the plant-forward meals be made…