Coriander is one of the most versatile culinary herbs and is one of the most important spice herbs in Asian cuisine. Some people find the aroma of coriander soapy and repulsive, which may even be due to genetic factors.

Taste. The taste of coriander is quite unique and may take some getting used to for some European palates. The taste is best described as a slightly bitter, spicy and sweet aftertaste. Coriander fruits, on the other hand, have a more citrusy smell and taste and contain much less of the soapy flavor of the leaves.

Effect. The seeds and leaves in particular contain numerous essential oils (especially linalool, pinene, and smaller amounts of camphor and geraniol) as well as coumarins, phenolic acids, and sterols. These secondary plant constituents have draining, immune system stimulating, diaphoretic, antiflatulent, antioxidant, antibacterial, antispasmodic and sedative effects on our organism.