An herb deriving from the leaves and stem of the coriander plant. Cilantro has a warm yet fresh flavor.
Most likely originated in the eastern Mediterranean region.
Europeans brought the herb to the Americas in the 1600s, after which it became a popular ingredient in Mexican and Latin American cuisine.
Cilantro contains the natural chemical compound aldehyde, which is also produced in soap making. This is why some people describe the flavor of cilantro as soap-like.
New Oxford Book of Food Plants by John Vaughan et al. (2009)
“Why Does Cilantro Taste Soapy?” by Bethany Moncel (2020) https://www.thespruceeats.com/why-does-cilantro-taste-soapy-1328523