Bugged me enought that I had to look this up:
In commerce, coriander is broadly divided into two
types according to the size of the fruit. Fruit size is an
indication of volatile oil content and suitability for particular
end uses. Variety vulgare or macrocarpum has a fruit
diameter of 3-5 mm while var. microcarpum fruits have a
diameter of 1.5-3 mm. Large fruited types are grown
mainly by tropical and subtropical countries, e.g. Morocco,
India and Australia and contain a low volatile oil content
(0.1-0.4%). They are used extensively for grinding and
blending purposes in the spice trade. Types with smaller
fruit are produced in temperate regions and usually have
a volatile oil content of around 0.4-1.8%, and are therefore
highly valued as a raw material for the preparation of
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Last edited by beerocd; 05-28-2009 at 07:07 PM.