Friday, October 15, 2021

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HERBS AND SPICES 1 - Cilantro and Coriander

Learned something.  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.