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At Project Alba we try to offer Cambodians as much variety of healthy and safe vegetables as possible. We constantly test new crops to respond to the increasing demand!

This month we are introducing a brand new crop, the very delicious coriander!

Success sometimes happen by accident! Initially we used coriander as a natural repellent for plant pests and insects. Project Alba’s R&D team has been looking into growing many of these types of repellent crops, but coriander stood out as one that could be used in production as well.

Coriander is very adapted to our environment, requires minimal nutrients, repels most insects, and has a similar growth timeline as our other crops. It was a perfect crops to add to our portfolio!

We are proud to incorporate such a healthy plant. Coriander has a wide range of health benefits. It is used in the treatment of: skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, anemia, indigestion, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, blood sugar disorders, and so many others!

Coriander is packed full of minerals and vitamins. It has eleven components of essential oils, six types of acids (including ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin C), and minerals and vitamins, each having a number of beneficial properties.

Vitamin C: One of the winning components of coriander is vitamin C. It helps the body to absorb iron - and there is a lot in those green leaves. That’s one of the reasons why Coriander really helps with anemia. Vitamin C is always boosting the immune system. It is very important to eat a sufficient amount daily.

Vitamin K: Coriander contains high amounts of vitamin K compared to human daily needs. It is great for the health of the heart, bones- because it eases absorption of calcium which is highly present in coriander- and for the eyes. It also helps prevent cancer!

Vitamin A: Coriander like our other leafy vegetables contains a high amount of vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant. It plays a important role in maintaining healthy vision, neurological function, healthy skin, and more. Consuming a diet high in antioxidants is a way to naturally slow aging.

Because of its great success in the testing field, we will implement coriander on 10 farms after Khmer New Year. These experimental trials will be managed closely by Sathya Lim, who led the chili and tomato integration trials late last year. Field agents will soon be trained in the production practices so they can communicate the information to the test farmers and support them through the entire growing process.

Marion Vieira, 12th April 2018