Dried Cilantro Vs. Fresh: SPICEography Showdown

Dried Cilantro Vs Fresh

When people hear the word “cilantro,” most picture the bright green leaves that we see chopped up in salsa or guacamole and that provide the distinctive citrus-like flavor common throughout Latin American cuisine. For many, cilantro adds a crisp brightness to a dish; however, others think it tastes unpleasantly soapy. One fact that both groups often overlook is that it can be used in both fresh and dried forms. Oregano and basil are both widely known as herbs that can be flavorful whether they are taken from the garden or from the spice cabinet but cilantro is equally versatile.

In this SPICEography showdown, we will look at both forms of this herb and consider their similarities and differences. Does dried cilantro taste the same as fresh cilantro? Can you use dried and fresh cilantro in the same types of dishes? The answers to those questions and more below.

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Dill Seed Vs. Dill Weed: SPICEography Showdown

Dill Seed vs Dill Weed

The dill plant is versatile in that you can use both the leaves and the seeds to provide flavor. “Dill weed” is the term used for the leaves; you can use them as an herb and use the seeds as a spice. Both forms of dill are essential for your spice collection as they are both popular ingredients in a number of different cuisines from all over the world. If you have encountered one or both forms of dill in your local supermarket, you may have wondered if there are any differences between the two. Do they have the same flavor? Can you use one in place of the other? Our Spiceography Showdown will provide you with answers.

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Coriander Vs. Cilantro: SPICEography Showdown

Coriander Vs Cilantro

Cilantro is a popular herb that is best known for its use in Mexican cooking. “Cilantro” is the Spanish word for coriander and that name has been adopted in the US largely due to the popularity of Mexican cuisine. In the US, “coriander” is used specifically for the seed of the plant, which are dried and used as a spice.

In the UK, “coriander” may refer to either the seed or the leaves; however, many people say “coriander seed” or “coriander leaves” to avoid confusion.

Since cilantro and coriander seeds are from the same plant, you may be wondering how similar they are. For example, do they share the same taste? Do they provide the same health benefits? We answer these questions and more below in another SPICEography Showdown. 

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Turmeric Vs. Ginger: SPICEography Showdown:

Turmeric Vs Ginger

Turmeric and ginger: Both of these spices are widely used to flavor foods and are popular ingredients in Indian cuisine. They come from self-propagating rhizomes (roots) of the same zingberacaea family and are often used in the same dishes. When cooking with these spices, you may have wondered just how similar they are. Can you use one in place of the other? Is one better than the other? Below we will look at their differences so that you can decide how best to use them.

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