Coriandrum Sativum: Is a member of the carrot family and known as coriander leaves, fresh coriander, or Chinese parsley. Origin: Native from Southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. Appearance: Bright green and look a bit like flat Italian parsley. Taste: Cilantro has citrus overtones and a pungent odor. Its flavor is used to "lift" other flavors as it enhances and promotes other distinct flavors.