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Umbelliferae Coriandrum sativum L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Coriander is a hardy annual herb of the carrot family, native in the Mediterranean area. About 2,000,000 pounds of seed are imported into the U.S.from Europe, but coriander is not grown commercially here. The plant is 1 to 3 feet in height with glabrous, greatly-divided strong smelling leaves. The seeds mature in about 3 months after planting and are used for flavoring candies, beverages, tobacco products, and in cookery. Oil distilled from the seeds is used in perfumes and soaps.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch