Coriander is an annual herb that belongs to the carrot family. Coriander seeds are round, beige and highly aromatic. All parts of this plant are used in cooking. The leaves, known as Cilantro, are used in Middle Eastern and Mexican cooking; the roots are used in Thai recipes and the seeds are used both in their whole, cracked form or ground form. The seeds are reminiscent of Orange Peel and is the portion referred to as Coriander. The cracked and ground seeds are essential ingredients in curries. Used in soups, stews, curries, stir fries, pickling spices and with melted butter on fish and poultry meats. Coriander is a common ingredient in Indian Spice Blends such as garam masala, curry powder and often used in Middle Eastern lamb and beef stews.