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sylvan Nov 21, 2011 09:27 PM

Since coriander is the seed of cilantro plant, does the coriander seed have the same taste of cilantro?

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  1. alkapal Nov 22, 2011 01:23 AM

    no, not to me; it is more savory, deeper.

    do you hate cilantro?

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    1. re: alkapal
      sylvan Nov 28, 2011 08:09 PM

      No, alkapal, I like cilantro....had it tonight in my tacos.

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      Muchlove Nov 22, 2011 02:00 AM

      It's a very different flavour. You cannot substitute one for the other and you should not be afraid to try coriander seeds just because you don't like coriander leaves.

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        sylvan Nov 28, 2011 08:10 PM

        Muchlove, I like coriander leaves (cilantro). I was just wondering if the seeds tasted the same since I'm not familiar with the seeds and don't know where to use them.

      2. JEN10 Nov 22, 2011 04:00 AM

        Two different animals

        1. JungMann Nov 22, 2011 07:46 AM

          The seed has a flavor I would describe as bright, floral and slightly lemony, but overall mild. The herb tastes more piney, slightly soapy, green with citrus peel notes and overall more pungent.

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            alkapal Nov 22, 2011 08:40 AM

            wow, jungmann, did you do that from memory? nice!!!!!!!!!
            i'd love to go to a wine tasting with you, too! ;-)).

            but i've never gotten the "soapy" thing that many taste in the fresh cilantro leaves.

            1. re: alkapal
              JungMann Nov 22, 2011 08:50 AM

              I use coriander and cilantro very frequently at home, so it is an acute taste memory. Fresh cilantro leaves taste a lot pinier, but the stems and older leaves have a more pronounced soapy taste.

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              missmasala Nov 22, 2011 09:25 AM

              You've totally nailed it!

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                eight_inch_pestle Nov 22, 2011 02:48 PM

                JungMann covers it well, although personally I would describe the seed as more than just slightly lemony. The lemon notes always really hit me when smashing whole seeds in the mortar and pestle.

                McGee on the soap science, or lack thereof: http://nyti.ms/rkyA3c

              2. Karl S Nov 22, 2011 09:02 AM

                No - different flavor compounds.

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                  Harters Nov 22, 2011 10:42 AM

                  Very different flavour profile. I use coriander leaves and seeds fairly regularly and they are not really interchangeable in the way that you can easily swap, say, fennel leaves and seeds.

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                    alkapal Nov 22, 2011 12:00 PM

                    harters, speaking of fennel fronds, i have never gotten much flavor from them -- maybe it is me. i do love the fennel bulbs, however, and i always try to incorporate fennel seeds (ground) into my red pasta sauces.

                    fennel fronds are something i would steam fish on top of...

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                    Stein the Fine Nov 26, 2011 05:24 AM

                    Sorry to bump this, but I'd like to be more exact for someone who's never tasted the seed. Seems to me the flavor of coriander seed is similar to the taste of nutmeg w/o the bitterness and w/ a trace of lemon zest--clearly not remotely like the cilantro plant it comes from. I use the ground seed as a sweet-compatible spice to season winter squash, though I wouldn't use it in desserts as I do cardamom.

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                      Harters Nov 26, 2011 05:52 AM

                      Roughly ground coriander seed is very good with baked squash - along with black pepper, cumin, a little dried chilli and olive oil.

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                        JungMann Nov 27, 2011 02:13 PM

                        I made a recipe for coriander curried shortbread a couple Christmases ago and was surprised at how well coriander actually does work as a dessert seasoning. It is certainly more savory/sweet than a classical dessert, but it works.

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                        Spot Nov 27, 2011 03:06 PM

                        I'd like to add that my wife has taken to adding freshly ground, toasted dried coriander seed (post-bolting-in-the-garden) to the flour we dust seafood with before sauteing, to delicious effect.

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                          alkapal Nov 27, 2011 03:55 PM

                          that's a neat idea, spot!

                          spot on!

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                            Stein the Fine Nov 28, 2011 06:38 AM

                            Ooooo. I can just taste (mentally) how wonderful it would be w/ shrimp, scallops, the rest of the crustaceans and perhaps monkfish---seafood that is naturally a bit sweet. Can you imagine a coriander-scented shrimp bisque?

                            In my very first do-alone kitchen garden, the most successful plants were coriander & Early Girl tomatoes. As long as you have full sun, coriander grows like a weed. It's a pleasure.

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