You will all know this plant, probably for its fabulously fragrant leaves as well as the seeds which add tremendous flavours in cooking.
Coriander seeds come from the Cilantro plant, an annual herb which is native to Europe and Western Asia but now grown worldwide. The plant grows to around 1 metre tall and produces delicate white flowers, or umbels. When these die back, the coriander seeds are produced. The ripe seeds are crushed and then steam distilled to produce the essential oil which has a wonderfully uplifting woody, spicy, sweet scent which is at once clean, fresh and uplifting and blends particularly well with mints and cedar fragrances.