Cilantro oil vs Coriander oil | edible essential oils in food
What's the difference between the Young Living Cilantro essential oil and the Young Living Coriander essential oil?
Let's explore this topic in the context of using essential oils in food.
Both Cilantro essential oil and coriander essential oil are suited for use in food when the essential oils are sourced from Young Living, as these two Young Living oils are classified as culinary essential oils in Australia under the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand guidelines.
Both Cilantro and coriander oils come from the same plant. In Australia we call the plant coriander.
In Australia the leafy part of the coriander plant is called coriander. In the USA, the leafy part of the coriander plant is called cilantro. In Australia, the seeds of the coriander plant are called coriander seeds.
In the essential oils context, the essential oil that is produced from the leafy part of the coriander plant is called Cilantro essential oil. Whereas the coriander seeds are distilled to make Coriander essential oil.
This also affects the way we classify the oils as either herby oils or spice oils. Cilantro oil we classify as a herby oil, whilst coriander oil is classified as a spice oil, as it comes from the seeds.
Is the flavour of Cilantro oil the same as Coriander oil?
Although they come from the same plant, the flavour is different between the two oils, just as the flavour of the fresh leaves of the coriander plant taste different to coriander seeds.
That being said, cilantro oil does not have the same flavour as coriander leaves. You certainly know it comes from coriander leaves, as it has a distinct coriander leaf type flavour, though it's not the exact same flavour as the fresh leaves. I love the flavour of cilantro oil, I find it fresher than the fresh leaf, though the oil is stronger in flavour than the fresh leaves.
How to use Cilantro oil in food
Cilantro oil has become one of my personal favourite oils in food. I use Cilantro oil in guacamole (together with lime and or lemon essential oil) and in Mexican inspired cuisine. Cilantro oil also features in my salad dressings, especially if the salad includes avocado. Any recipes that call for the use of fresh coriander leaves, I use cilantro oil instead. Just a small amount is needed, usually just one drop. Chimichurri tastes great with Cilantro oil (I also use parsley oil and lemon oil)
How to use Coriander oil in cooking
Coriander oil I use when a stronger flavour is desired, when a recipe calls for coriander seeds. Coriander oil works well in Asian inspired meals, including stirfrys and soups. As Coriander oil has a strong flavour, I use a small amount, usually just one drop.