..And it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. —Exodus 16:31
And the manna was as coriander seed, and the color thereof as the color of bdellium. —Numbers 11:7
These verses refer to the seed of the coriander plant, Coriandrum sativum. Coriander is a white- or reddish-flowered annual herb, 16-20″ tall, with aromatic pearl-like seeds that were used in cookies and cakes, as well as medicinally. The leaves are also aromatic (the scent is something like sage and lemon peel) and were used in soups, puddings, curries, and wines. A favorite drink was made by steeping the leaves in wine. In the Bible, the plant is mentioned only in connection with manna, which was said to resemble coriander seeds in size, shape, and color. Plant the seeds in warm, dry soil, where you want it to grow. Coriander attracts pollinating insects to the garden.