Cilantro For Your HealthWritten by Judi Singleton
Cilantro - pronounced [sih-LAHN-troh] The leaves and stems of Coriander plant are called Cilantro. Widely used in Mexican, Caribbean and Asian cooking Cilantro has a strong pungent taste. People usually just love taste or hate it because it is that distinctive flavor. Coriander is believed to be named after "koris", Greek word for "bedbug" as it was said they both emitted a similar odor. People of European decent frequently are repelled by smell of cilantro. It has not gained in popularity in Europe as it has in many other parts of world.
Coriander grows wild in South East Europe and had been cultivated in Egypt, India and China for thousands of years. It is mentioned in Sanskrit text Cilantro is mentioned in Medical Papyrus of Thebes written in 1552 B.C. and is one of plants which grew in Hanging Gardens of Babylon. It is even mentioned in Bible in Exodus 16:31, where manna is described as "small round and white like coriander seed." The ancient Hebrews originally used cilantro root as bitter herb in symbolic Passover meal.The Romans themselves used coriander with cumin and vinegar as a preservative. Romans and their conquests, introduced cilantro's use and legend spread to Asia, where it appeared in recipes for potions used as aphrodisiacs in China during Han dynasty (207 BC-200 AD).Spanish conquistadors introduced it to Mexico and Peru, It is used in recipes throughout Mexico and Central America. Sugarplums as referred to in Dance of Sugarplum Fairy, were actually a treat made of sugar coated coriander. The Chinese used herb in love potions believing it provided immortality. Coriander is one of herbs thought to have aphrodisiac qualities. The Arabian nights tells a tale of a merchant who had been childless for 40 years and but was cured by a concoction that included coriander. Cilantro was also know to be used as an "appetite" stimulant. The essential oils of cilantro leaves contain antibacterial properties and can be used as a fungicide. Coriander seeds is considered to have cholesterol lowering properties. Today herb has important medical uses. Chelation therapy has been used by conventional medicine to pull lead from people suffering from lead poisoning. Chelation therapy is administered intravenously using chemical agent EDTA it removes metal from blood stream. Dr Omura found that fresh cilantro removes heavy metals from body in less than two weeks. Cilantro, is a fast growing annual reaching 12 - 24 inches tall. The entire plant including leaves, seeds and roots are all edible. Coriander can easily be grown in pots. Simply pick or trim fresh leaves of whole stalks as required. The leaves get a stronger and sometimes disagreeable flavor as they get older and larger. Some great recipes using Cilantro are: From Mexico and Southwestern USA Anaheim Chile Salsa Verde
This recipe originally accompanied Grill-Roasted Brined Turkey with Anaheim Chile Salsa Verde. This beautiful, mild-flavored green salsa may be served heated or at room temperature. For brightest green color possible, add cilantro just before serving.
History of Nescafe CoffeeWritten by Randy Wilson
If necessity is mother of invention then profit may be mother necessity. As Great Depression gripped United States in 1930ís and coffee sales plummeted there was a definite need for coffee growers to find new ways to sell their product. Nescafe came to rescue.
In 1867 Henri Nestle, a German chemist living in Switzerland, had invented a baby formula for women who couldnít nurse. By 1900 he had set up production facilities in several countries, including United States, where he also made condensed milk. Over next thirty years company expanded their products to include powered chocolate milk mix and other confectionary products.
In 1930 Brazilian government approached Nestle to create a new instant coffee that would give consumer another option and at same time increase dwindling coffee exports of Brazil. It took eight years but in 1938 Nestle introduced Nescafe.
Instant coffee was not a new idea; it was originally invented by a Japanese chemist named Satori Kato in 1901 and had been marketed and sold by various companies with disappointing results. Nescafe revolutionized way instant coffee was made.
Early methods of making instant coffee involved brewing a batch of high-strength, concentrated coffee and then boiling it dry in stainless steel drums; residue left behind was instant coffee. The heat involved in boiling process destroyed most of aromatic and flavorful properties of coffee. When reconstituted in water result was a pungent, bitter decoction that little resembled coffee.