Okay this is a daft question but... I've avoided growing this herb as I don't like the smell or taste of fresh coriander (love the seeds mind you), how similar is it in taste to coriander? Whenever I see this herb it mentally reminds me of wild herb Redshank (Persicaria maculosa), they're both from the same family I've just discovered, so no wonder they remind me of each other! Redshank was one of the first wild herbs that I learned to identify growing on the waste grounds around Manchester where I grew up. Until today I'd never considered it as more than a wild plant, but I've just googled and discovered that;-
1) Redshank is used against diarrhoea and infections. Fresh leaves have been used to staunch bleeding.
2) The leaves and young shoots may be eaten as a palatable and nutritious leaf vegetable.
3) A yellow dye can be produced from this plant with alum used as a mordant.
3 jolly good reasons to take a further look at this wild beauty this year, a bit like pineapple weed last year! Sorry for highjacking the thread, but I would like to know what V Coriander tastes like?