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Nutrition and Buying Tips: Coriander Seed

Regency Grade Coriander Seeds
Regency Grade Coriander Seeds

All values below are per 1 tsp (1.8g) of coriander seeds.

Proximates
Water 0.16g
Energy 5kcal
Protein 0.22g
Total lipid (fat) 0.32g
Carbohydrate, by difference 0.99g
Fiber, total dietary 0.8g

Minerals
Calcium, Ca 13mg
Iron, Fe 0.29mg
Magnesium, Mg 6mg
Phosphorus, P 7mg
Potassium, K 23mg
Sodium, Na 1mg
Zinc, Zn 0.08mg

Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.4mg
Thiamin 0.004mg
Riboflavin 0.005mg
Niacin 0.038mg
Folate, DFE 0µg
Vitamin B-12 0µg
Vitamin A, RAE 0µg
Vitamin A, IU 0IU
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0µg
Vitamin D 0IU

Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated 0.018g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.244g
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.032g
Cholesterol 0mg

Tips on buying quality coriander seeds

Our recommendation (besides eating fresh coriander leaves!) is to ensure buying from a safe supplier, and a high quality. Coriander Seeds spoil extremely quickly – they’re highly susceptible to insects and unsafe levels of bacteria count. This is a problem that can be solved by chemical treatment but that leads to further complications from a health perspective, as well as a taste perspective. Coriander powder is also often diluted with lesser parts of the coriander plant, such as roots and bark. Whereas other spice powders are not always badly diluted, from our experience this is one where if you’re buying powder, the supplier has to be absolutely reliable.

In terms of the variety itself, Regency prefers the Coriander Seed variety originating from Northern India, as opposed to Central Indian counterparts. The northern Indian crop grows to be much larger in size, with a better colour signifying the prestigious quality. It’s flavour characteristics are also markedly different, being much stronger. It also has a more refreshing and pronounced lime scent. In case you’re unsure, please refer to our quality and grade standards here when buying good quality coriander seeds.

Data taken from United States Department of Agriculture


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