spices at ranweli spice garden
coriander seeds

sri lanka spice garden
coriander leaves

What is Coriander?

Coriander is native to the Middle East and southern Europe, also very common in Asia. It can also be found in Egypt and the Sudan.coriander is mentioned in the Bible in the books of Exodus and Numbers, where the color of ‘manna’ is compared to coriander. The plant is now grown in Russia, India, South America, North Africa specially Morocco – and the Netherlands. Coriander was introduced to England by the Romans, who used it in cooking and medicine. Coriander was widely used in English dishes until the Renaissance, when the new exotic spices appeared. Among Insidious doctors , coriander was known to Hippocratic, and to Pliny who called it coriandrum for its ‘buggy’ smell, coris being a bug; or perhaps because the young seed resembles Cimex lectularius, the European bed-bug. cilantro Coriander is the seed of a small plant. The seeds are almost spherical, one end being slightly pointed, the other slightly flattened. There are many longitudinal ridges. The seed is mostly sold dry and in this state is likely to split into two to reveal two partially hollow hemispheres and occasionally some internal powdery matter. Coriander is available both whole and in powder form. The fresh leaves of the plant are called cilantro and are used as a herb. coriander is also one of the main ingredients of the curry powder sold in sri lanka.

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