Difference Between Coriander and Parsley

Cooking with plants is a traditional fact that began since ancient times, some of them turn out to be a special ingredient in our meals. Today, both in the basic kitchen of our homes and in the most refined dishes, plants are included to season various foods, so the use of edible plants is very common.

This is the case of cilantro and parsley, rich in nutrients, they offer numerous health advantages because they have a large amount of vitamins and minerals that benefit the proper functioning of the body, in addition to giving flavor and taste to foods. Naturally grown plants are free of artificial ingredients and are a great food choice.

Both coriander and parsley are two wild plants widely used in cooking worldwide and it is easy to distinguish them as aromatic herbs, as edible plants and even medicinal plants. However, sometimes it is not easy to distinguish them from each other due to their great resemblance, so many times people tend to confuse them. In view of this, we present the basic differences that exist between them based on their definitions:


Coriander is an herb that is used as a condiment, it belongs to the apiaceae or umbelliferae family. Its scientific name is -Coriadrum Sativum L- and it is an herb that can grow in various types of soil. Coriander has two types of leaves, the filiform (thread-like) at the top and the jagged at the bottom, likewise, its flowers are reddish in color and its stem can measure up to 75 centimeters in height.

This herb has therapeutic properties for the control of blood pressure, halitosis, the expulsion of stomach gases and promotes digestion, among others. In the kitchen, coriander is widely used to season countless savory dishes and due to its strong flavor, which mixes a bit between spicy and sweet, it is an exquisite condiment that can be well combined with other herbs such as garlic, basil , mint, parsley and chili.


Parsley is an edible aromatic herb widely used as a condiment. This belongs to the family of apiaceae or umbelliferae. Its scientific name is -Petroselinum Crispum- , it is an easy herb to grow in moist, abundantly irrigated soils and is native to the eastern Mediterranean.

Parsley is a plant that can reach 25 centimeters in height, has smooth green leaves and in turn sectioned. However, some varieties of parsley have very curly leaves, hence it is called curly parsley.

Parsley has application as a medicinal plant because it serves as a diuretic, for the treatment of kidney infections, since it helps eliminate kidney stones. It is also used as a digestive.

In the kitchen, it is one of the most used condiments in the world due to its strong and pleasant flavor, but it is not attenuated in the presence of other condiments, so it is used to enhance the natural flavor of food. It can be consumed raw in salads, vegetable and vegetable juices, as a garnish or in the preparation of soups, sauces, fried foods, croquettes, tortillas, fish, meat and many other kitchen dishes.

As it has been seen, although these two common herbs belong to the same botanical family, they differ from each other. Below is an explanatory table where some differences between coriander and parsley are indicated :

Cilantro Parsley
Coriander has two types of leaves, threadlike (thread-like) and serrated. The ends of the leaves are rounded. Parsley has only one type of leaves with a pointed end.
Its roots are superficial. The roots sprout in the form of a tuber.
The plant reaches up to 75 centimeters in height. The plant does not reach more than 25 centimeters in height.
It is cultivated in all types of soils. It is grown in moist soils.

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