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CORIANDER = CORIANDOLO You like it or hate it.   Taste specialists are not certain exactly why, but for many people the scent of fresh coriander is nasty and the flavour soapy.  Put simply, while many people enjoy coriander, for some, coriander just doesn’t taste good. Cilantro or coriander not just has two  names, but two completely different identities and purposes. Cilantro, represents the initial phase of the plant’s life cycle.  After the plant flowers and develops seeds, it is referred to as coriander. Coriander is the dried seeds from the cilantro.  The seeds are spherical similar to small balls.  They can be used whole or ground as a flavouring for food and as a seasoning.  Coriander is included in curries, curry powder, pickles, sausages, sauces, stews, and ratatouille. To store fresh coriander, throw away any yellow leaves, and place it in a container with water like a bunch of flowers.  Cover up the leaves using a plastic bag and put the whole thing in the fridge.  Change the water every couple of days . Fresh coriander (or cilantro) leaves must look vibrantly fresh and be deep green in colour. They must be firm, crisp and without any yellow or dark parts. When you can, shop for whole coriander seeds rather than coriander powder because the latter seems to lose its flavour quicker. Coriander seeds and coriander powder must be stored in a , firmly sealed  container in a cool, dark and dry place. Ground coriander will preserve for around 4 to 6 months, while the whole seeds will remain fresh for approximately 1 year. Because it is very delicate, fresh coriander need to be kept in the refrigerator. When possible, it should stored having its roots still attached by inserting the roots in a jug of water and covering the leaves with a   plastic bag. Once the roots are removed, cover the coriander leaves in a wet towel or paper towel and put them in a plastic bag. Whole coriander can last approximately 1 week, while coriander leaves can last around three days. Coriander seeds could be easily ground using a mortar and pestle. You may want to first dip them in cold water for 10 mins and then strain them, because this practice can restore their fresh aroma.
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