Now we scatter it on curries, bake it in breads and simmer it in soups.
Coriander is the undisputed king of the kitchen as the best-selling herb in Britain.
Spice of life: Eating more curry has propelled coriander to the top of the herb list
The plant, only available in supermarkets for a mere 20 years, now accounts for 25 per cent of all fresh herb sales.
Basil comes in second with 19 per cent. This is followed by old favourite parsley, both flat-leaved and curly varieties.
The country's top ten herb chart was compiled by Fresh Herbs, an organisation representing British herb growers.
"The popularity of coriander is being driven by our love of curry and Asian food," said a spokesman.
"People have developed a taste for spicy aromatic dishes and are experimenting now more than ever with different fresh herb varieties."
Herb sales are said to be up 14 per cent on last year.
The British love of coriander stems from its taste rather than ease of growing.
A less robust herb, it doesn't seem to thrive in a pot on a windowsill as basil or sage do.
It has been cultivated as a commercial crop in Britain and Scotland since the 1970s.
It was supplied to supermarkets in pots and packets from the mid 1990s.
The coriander used in most British curries is a sweet, aromatic Corsican type originally from Syria.
Source : Daily Mail