You will need to pay special attention to the recipe instructions as well as to how the ingredient is listed to determine whether the author intends the seeds or the leaves to be used in the recipe.
Coriander is one of the oldest herbs and spices on record. Coriander was mentioned in the Bible, and the seeds have been found in ruins dating back to 5000 B.C. Its name comes from the Greek word koris, meaning a stinky bug. This is no doubt a reference to the strong aroma given off by the cilantro plant leaves when they are bruised.
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