Coriander

   ( 1 )     Rate It     >Printer-friendly version
5 stars based on 1 Ratings
Coriander

Description :

Coriander is an annual herb in the family Apiaceous. Coriander is native to southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. It is a soft, hairless plant growing to 50 centimeters tall. The leaves are variable in shape, broadly lobed at the base of the plant, and slender and feathery higher on the flowering stems. The flowers are borne in small umbels, white or very pale pink, asymmetrical, with the petals pointing away from the center of the umbel longer than those pointing towards it. The fruit is a globular dry schizocarp 3–5 mm diameter.

The word derives from German “coriandrum”, in turn from Greek. The earliest attested form of the word is the Mycenaean Greek ko-ri-ja-da-na, similar to the name of Minos' daughter Ariadne, and it is plain how this might later evolve to koriannon or koriandron."

All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most commonly used in cooking. Coriander is common in Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Mediterranean, Indian, South Asian, Mexican, Texan, Latin American, Chinese, African and Southeast Asian cuisine.