thanks jumpingmonk, yeah that looks right! It was my reference to "the real thing" though that I meant as far as getting them outside of Sichuan (apol's for the earlier misspelling; iPad seemed to think it was right!). We were in Beijing, and my friend had just returned from visiting family in Sichuan. He put "the real deal" from Sichuan under my nose, and then what you can buy in Beijing. Unbelievable difference. So I'd imagine what you can get here (USA) is nothing like what is there, if you can't even get good stuff in Beijing.
He had told me that for a while it was illegal to import that to the US, but I'd forgotten that until you said something.
I shot him an email to see if he'd ever tried these fresh cilantro/coriander seeds… I'll let you know if he responds with anything worth sharing!
Like you, my cilantro plant went crazy and I had all this "stuff" that wasn't cilantro. I just noticed the seeds today, and tried one. Delicious! I was cooking a stir-fry of sorts and figured I'd try it out. I took a Thai cooking class once and one of the ingredients was a green pepper corn; It was with that in mind that I tried these. I put them in the hot oil with some red pepper flake then proceeded with the rest of the veggies, and the final flavor was AWESOME. Each green seed or berry was a peppery burst of flavor, not really strong of cilantro, but enough that you could tell that's where it came from. I reall enjoyed it and am looking forward to using the rest of the seeds before it freezes!
Also worth noting; I was recently in Cina and had the pleasure of being hosted at a friend's house for some authentic Sechuan cooking. He had a pepper called "ma" (pretty sure that's it and no idea on the spelling) that had a numbing effect on your tongue (besides being ridiculously delicious and apparently impossible to get "the real thing" outside of Sechuan). These "berries" had a similar effect. Hot, delicious, and slightly numbing. Weird!