You might wonder why some cookbooks call for coriander in recipes and others call for cilantro. Perhaps you are unsure why there are signs in the supermarket saying both cilantro and coriander. Are these two items the same thing? I mean what is coriander and what is cilantro? The herb cilantro is an herb that is quite versatile and is actually part of the carrot family. You can use it either fresh or dried and it has a very tasty flavor along the line of citrus. The spice, coriander, actually comes from the coriander plant and they are harvested and then dried to be used later. The leaves and stems of the plant are what are known as the herb cilantro. So there you go….both are actually the same thing!!!!!

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