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Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. It is also known as Chinese parsley or particularly in the Americas cilantro. Coriander is native to southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. It is a soft hairless plant growing to 50 cm [20 in.] tall. The leaves are variable in shape broadly lobed at the base of the plant and slender and feathery higher on the flowering stems
Coriander grows wild over a wide area of the Near East and southern Europe prompting the comment “It is hard to define exactly where this plant is wild and where it only recently established itself Coriander seems to have been cultivated in Greece since at least the second millennium BC. One of the Linear B tablets recovered from Pylos refers to the species as being cultivated for the manufacture of perfumes and it appears that it was used in two forms: as a spice for its seeds and as a herb for the flavor of its leaves.
The fresh leaves are an ingredient in many South Asian foods (particularly chutneys) in Chinese dishes and in Mexican salsas and guacamole. Chopped coriander leaves are a garnish on cooked dishes such as dal and curries. As heat diminishes their flavor quickly coriander leaves are often used raw or added to the dish immediately before serving. In Indian and Central Asian recipes coriander leaves are used in large amounts and cooked until the flavor diminishes. The leaves spoil quickly when removed from the plant and lose their aroma when dried or frozen.
Coriander leaves were formerly common in European cuisine. Today western Europeans usually eat coriander leaves only in dishes that originated in foreign cuisines except in Portugal where they are still an ingredient in traditional dishes. Fresh coriander leaves are often used in salads in Russia and other CIS countries
Coriander has been used as a folk medicine for the relief of anxiety and insomnia in Iranian folk medicine. Experiments in mice support its use as an anxiolytic. Coriander seeds are used in traditional Indian medicine as a diuretic by boiling equal amounts of coriander seeds and cumin seeds then cooling and consuming the resulting liquid. In holistic and traditional medicine it is used as a carminative and as a digestive aid.
Coriander juice (mixed with turmeric powder or mint juice) is used as a treatment for acne applied to the face in the manner of toner.
Coriander can produce an allergic reaction in some people.