Coriander

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Coriander

Technical guide

Ingredients Coriander seeds
Origin France
Net weight 20 g
Conservation / Utilisation In a cool, dark, dry place.
Price incl. tax €4.60

Coriander seeds are characterised by fresh, lightly peppery scent with notes of citrus zest.

Conseil Lightly toast the seeds in a dry pan before grinding them in a spice mill. Use to season fish fillets, scallops or a simple salad.

The words of Olivier Roellinger

Coriander is one of my vavorite spices and can be found in many of my spice blends. Coriander seeds have a fresh, slightly peppery fragrance and a flavor that is both sweet and hot with hints of citrus. When Le Bricourt opened in 1982, I remember only being able to find 2 bunches of fresh coriander (cilantro) and basil at the Marché des Lices in Rennes. At the time, it was impossible to find either herb north of the Loire River. The arrival of Arab and Asian communities in Brittany has enhanced the local cuisine with the use of these marvelous herbs. Coriander production has grown in France in the past few years.
The coriander seeds we have selected is grown in the Mayenne department.

Story

Coriander has been a part of Middle Eastern cuisines since the dawn of time and coriander seeds have even been found inside the Pyramids. Ancient Romans traveled with the herb, and Charlemagne recommended all his subjects grow the umbellifer because it could be used to preserve meat when paired with cumin and vinegar. Cooks in India and China have are so crazy for coriander that it is now the most popular aromatic plant in the East. The Chinese believe coriander can make one immortal.
The first colonists took coriander to the New World, where it was grown as early as 1670 in Massachussetts (USA) before taking over the three Americas and becoming a defining ingredient in Latin American cuisine. Coriander seeds and leaves (cilantro) can now be found in most cuisines around the world.
In French cuisine, coriander seeds are used to make ‘à la greque’ recipes with mushrooms and vegetables. European cooks once rejected the scent of fresh coriander (cilantro) because it smelled like stink bugs. The word ‘coriander’ actually comes from the Greek word, ‘Koris’ which means male stink bug.