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Traditionally an herb of protection and immortality, Coriander (also known as cilantro and Chinese parsley) is a strongly aromatic hardy annual herb growing about 1 meter high with bright-green leaves and dainty white flowers. It produces bunches of seed that turn from green to brown as they ripen. Native to Europe and Western Asia, naturalized in North America, and cultivated throughout the world, the essential oil is mainly produced in Russia, Yugoslavia, and Romania. Coriander has been a popular aromatic stimulant and culinary spice cultivated for over 3,000 years. Mentioned in numerous medieval and Greek medical texts, Coriander is also indicated as a medicine in the Bible, and early Sanskrit writings. Indigenous to Israel, Coriander was compared by the Ancient Hebrews to the manna provided by God to the Children of Israel and was one of the bitter herbs eaten during Passover. The Ancient Egyptians believed it to be the 'secret to happiness' and thus combined it with sd garlic in wine and drunk as an aphrodisiac. Coriander seeds were found in the in the tombs of Ramses II and Tutankhamen.