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Ground Coriander Seeds

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Coriander is the dried seed or fruit of the Coriandrum sativum plant, which belongs to the parsley family. Cilantro is the leaf of this same plant and surprisingly, its flavor is vastly different from that of coriander. Cilantro has a complex but delicate flavor with a hint of pepper, mint, and lemon. Coriander has a sweet, aromatic taste with a touch of citrus.

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Coriander seeds are native to Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. As with all our ground spices, we grind coriander weekly in small batches to insure freshness. We use coriander in almost all of our curry blends as it adds a pleasant fragrance.

Coriander Q & A

Is coriander and cilantro the same thing?

There is much confusion surrounding coriander and cilantro and whether or not they are the same thing. The answer to that question is yes and no. Yes, they are technically the same because they both come from the same plant. However, they are also not the same because they both have different uses and flavors. Cilantro comes from the leaves and stems of the plant while coriander comes from the seeds that are produced by the flowers.

What does coriander taste like?

It is described to taste as a citrusy flavor with a slight sweetness and a hint of earthiness reminiscent of curry.

Can I substitute cumin for coriander?

Cumin is a good substitute for coriander since they both come from the same plant family. They also have the same citrusy, earthy flavor, although coriander is milder in terms of heat. When substituting cumin for coriander, use about 2 teaspoons of cumin for every teaspoon of coriander called for in the recipe.

Can you eat coriander leaves?

Yes, the leaves of the coriander plant are edible. They can be used as a garnish, or as a topping for various dishes. They are added to dishes just before serving to preserve its flavor since heat can degrade the flavor.

How do you use coriander seeds?

The best way to extract the flavor of coriander is by applying dry heat. In a dry pan, add coriander seeds over medium-high heat until it releases a warm aroma, which signals that it is ready. They are then ready to be used in curry or pickling.

Can you be allergic to coriander?

Yes, you can be allergic to coriander, although it rarely happens. Its symptoms can be similar to other food allergies, which include hives, coughing, stomach pains, diarrhea, and having swollen itchy lips or tongue.

What is white coriander seed?

White coriander seed is more commonly known as manna. Its appearance is described in the book of Exodus in the Bible as similar to coriander seed in appearance and size but is white in color.

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