Thursday, July 16, 2015

HERBS AND SPICES 1 - Cilantro and Coriander

Learned something today. Cilantro and Coriander are all of the same plant.  First found in King Tut's time they were cultivated by the ancient Egyptians. (information from Wiki)

  • The leaves of the Coriander plant are called Cilantro or Chinese parsley or fresh coriander. The leaves have a different taste from the seeds, with citrus overtones. 
  • The stems of the plant have a different flavor than the leaves. Also a citrusy flavor and sweeter than the leaves. 
  • The roots of the plant have a different flavor than the leaves and stems. Coriander roots have a deeper, more intense flavour than the leaves. They are used in a variety of Asian cuisines. They are commonly used in Thai dishes, including soups and curry pastes.
  • The seeds of the plant (not all coriander plants have seeds - see photo below) have a different flavor from the three above and are called coriander seeds or dhania.  The seeds have a lemony citrus flavour when crushed. It is described as warm, nutty, spicy, and orange-flavoured.



About cilantro and coriander and recipes:

NOTE:  What got me interested in this was when I watched a CookingChannel Show on cooking with cilantro/coriander.  Here is the link for the recipes on the show this morning:

What is cilantro pesto??

There are lots and lots of recipes that use cilantro and coriander.  Just do a google search. 

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