Coriandrum sativum is indigenous to the regions of the Mediterranean and the Caucasus, from which it has spread throughout the temperate parts of the whole world, even to the Americas. It was mentioned by early Sanscrit writers and in the Mosaic books, Exodus and Numbers, and occurs in the famous Egyptian papyrus Ebers (213). Its fruit was used by the Jews and the Romans as a medicine, as well as a spice, in very early days. Cato (132) notes its cultivation; Pliny (514) states that it was obtained in very fine quality in Egypt, and it is frequently mentioned in the book of Apicius Coelius (24), about the third century A. D. It is also included in the list of valuable products of Charlemagne.
The History of the Vegetable Drugs of the U.S.P., 1911, was written by John Uri Lloyd.