Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is a pungent leafy green herb used in many dishes throughout the world. The seed of the cilantro plant is referred to as coriander. Though from the same plant, these two flavours cannot be used to substitute one another in recipes.

Health considerations

Cilantro rarely causes allergic reactions, but some cases have been reported. Also, there have been some documented episodes of Salmonella outbreak originating from cilantro ingestion.

May be found in

Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Indian, South Asian, Mexican, Latin American, Chinese, African and Southeast Asian cuisine


Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: Official Publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
The Journal of Infectious Diseases
Journal of Food Protection Home of the Home Cook

Alternative Spellings and Names

Coriandrum sativum

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