Title Info
Common name Coriander
Scientific name Coriandrum sativum
Taxonomic group Apiaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants
Food plants Seasonings
Keywords Umbelliferae

Coriander. Native to the Mediterranean region, this member of the carrot family has been cultivated for at least 5,000 years, and was widely used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Its seeds are used as the spice coriander, while the leaves are the herb known as cilantro or Chinese parsley. Coriander seeds are also used in perfumes, medicines, and as flavoring in alcoholic beverages.