Coriander is the perfect example of what it means to be timeless. It has managed to stay relevant and appreciated since ancient times, and it is still a well-loved plant all around the world today!
There are records of coriander being cultivated and used in ancient civilizations. The discovery of coriander in the tomb of Tutankhamen suggests that ancient Egyptians were growing this plant. Coriander spiced Greek food, and they use it to make perfumes too. In ancient Rome, coriander flavored Roman bread. Fast-forward to modern times: coriander today remains a staple in cooking, prominent in Spanish, Mexican, Southeast Asian, Caribbean, and Indian cuisines, among others.
In the US, coriander is known as cilantro, possibly because coriander became known in the US when Mexican cuisine became popular here. And since Mexican recipes indicate ingredients in Spanish, the word used is cilantro and not coriander.
Species: C. sativum
Binomial Name: Coriandrum sativum