This isn't news to many cooks and gardeners, but on occasion I encounter one or the other that isn't aware of the relationship between the spice coriander and the herb cilantro. While very distinctive in taste, they both come from the same plant - Coriandrum sativum.
|Coriandrum sativum Wikimedia|
Simply put, the fresh green leaves of the plant are known as cilantro, which is used in many Mexican dishes. In fact, cilantro is the Spanish word for coriander.
To some, the leaves have a soapy taste and is undesirable. It has been determined that there is a genetic factor that causes cilantro to taste this way to some people, but not to everyone. Personally, I don't care for cilantro, because yes, it tastes a bit soapy to me. I can handle it in very small amounts in food, but prefer that it not be used.
So what is coriander? If the plant is allowed to go to seed, those seeds are what we know as coriander.
|Coriander seed Wikimedia|