Sometimes it is a daunting task to find spices you have always used in cooking when living in another Country. For me personally, it includes many other ingredients too. Although today, I wanted to share this little bit of information I never knew but quite possibly you already know this.
Earlier in the week, when having coffee with friends we got on the topic of Cilantro. It does not seem to be attainable here in Germany but I had heard that Coriander (Koriander in German) could be used as a substitute.I never questioned why but finally my curiosity got the best of me so I did some research into these spices. The same thing? Different? Am I the only one who never knew?
It turns out it is the same herb. Depending on what region of the world you live in, the name varies. Not to add confusion but Chinese Parsley is also the same as Cilantro or Coriander. To me this spice has a wonderful refreshing aroma, like lime and mint.
I have only used Cilantro (Coriander) in the dried version for seasoning in Mexican cooking. I never realised how many uses there are across the world for this herb. In India, it is used to aid in digestion. In the Middle East, it is used to help with insomnia. Back to cooking though, It seems to be a herb that is trending lately.
I believe I may be venturing into learning more about cooking with and using Coriander as the seasons change into spring. Although, it does seem like a summer spice to me. Not that spices have seasons, or do they?