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Nov 21, 2011 09:27 PM

coriander seed

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

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

    do you hate cilantro?

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    1. re: alkapal

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

    2. 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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      1. re: Muchlove

        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. Two different animals

        1. 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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          1. re: JungMann

            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

              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.

              1. re: JungMann

                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:

              2. No - different flavor compounds.