And, yes, the coriander seed and its powder are key components of the various curries made. So, I had always assumed that this was a plant that was native to India.
Well, surprise, surprise .... it is not!
This NY Times piece notes that:
The coriander plant is native to the eastern Mediterranean, and European cooks used both seeds and leaves well into medieval times.What?
The reporter further writes:
I’ve found cilantro pestos to be lotion-free and surprisingly mild. They actually have deeper roots in the Mediterranean than the basil version, and can be delicious on pasta and breads and meats. If you’re looking to work on your cilantro patterns, pesto might be the place to start.Sounds great to me. Next time I make pasta, cilantro will take the place of basil :)