Coriander is a spice produced from the round, tan-colored seeds of the coriander plant (Coriandrum sativum), which is a member of the parsley family. The word coriander can be used to describe the entire plant: leaves, stems, seeds, and all. But when speaking of coriander, most people are referring to the spice produced from the seeds of the plant. The leaves of the plant are commonly called cilantro, which comes from the Spanish word for coriander, or Chinese parsley. Coriander roots also appear in culinary use as a pungent addition to Thai curries. Coriander grows as a native plant around the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa and in the Americas.
India, China, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iran, Turkey, Tanzania and Bulgaria
Mediterranean and parts of southwestern Europe
Coriander from which the powder is made is one of the world’s oldest spices. It is considered both a spice and a herb. The seeds are dry fried and grounded. This helps to retain the aromatic flavor of the seeds.
Coriander powder aids digestion.When consumed along with powdered aniseed, it is an excellent remedy for fever. It provides soothing relief from heat and is a very popular summer drink. However one has to be cautious about the quantity as it may affect health adversely. Coriander powder detoxes the body from heavy chemicals like lead, arsenic mercury etc.