Fresh coriander (or cilantro in American English) is a herb with vibrant green colour, both the leaves and stems can be used to flavour and garnish food. Coriander is used in all types of cuisines, especially Asian and South American cooking.
It is a common ingredient in soup, curry, dressings, chutney, salads and rice dishes.
Coriander is usually sold fresh but the leaves can be dried and used in a similar way.
The coriander plant also produces coriander seeds which are used as a spice. They are dried and sold whole or ground into a powder.
Coriander has high levels of dietary fibre, manganese, iron and magnesium. They also have good levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and protein. There are about 23 calories per 100g of coriander.
An allergy to coriander is rare but possible if you have an allergic reaction after eating something with coriander it is important you visit your doctor!