Latin Name: Other Names: Cilantro, Chinese parsley plant, Dizzycorn, Japanese Parsley
Medicinal Uses: Anti-microbial, Flatulence, Loss of appetite, Digestive aid, Headaches
Coriander: (herb) Green leaves of a plant of the parsley family. Most frequently called “cilantro.” Strong, exotic flavor. Faint overtone of anise.
Coriander Seed: (herb seed) Small, round, buff-colored seeds of the coriander plant. Mild, delicately fragrant aroma with lemony/sage undertone.
Coriander is probably one of the first spices used by mankind, having been known as early as 5000 BC. The Romans spread it throughout Europe and it was one of the first spices to arrive in America. Coriander is not interchangeable with cilantro, although they are from the same plant. Ground Coriander seed is traditional in desserts and sweet pastries as well as in curries, meat, and seafood dishes with South American, Indian, Mediterranean, and African origins. Add it to stews and marinades for a Mediterranean flavor. Available whole or ground, this warm, aromatic spice is delicious with most meats, particularly lamb.