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How to Grow Cilantro / Coriander Herb
Biennial, Coriandrum Sativum
More and more gardeners are choosing to grow Cilantro. This is due to it's increased use in kitchens all over the United States. Cilantro is native to Asia and the Mediterranean regions. With parsley like leaves, it produces small, white flowers. Seeds have a pleasant odor when ripe, and are sweet tasting. Cilantro plants grow up to three feet tall.
Want to grow two herbs in one plant? The plant is called Cilantro. The seeds are called Coriander. It is also called Chinese Parsley...yes, it's a member of the Parsley family.
How to Grow Cilantro:
Grow Cilantro full sun to partial shade. They will do well in most soil. Soil should be well draining. Plants are tolerant of dry soil conditions.
Coriander are grown from seed. Directly sow seeds into your garden after all danger of frost. Cover lightly with garden soil. Or, start seedlings indoors, 2-4 weeks prior to the last frost in your area.
Space seedlings or thin plants to 6" apart, in rows two feet apart. They will tolerate a little crowding.
Apply a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.
Water plants during dry periods, once or twice per week.
Plants are biennials, and produce seeds the second year. For a continuous supply of seeds, replant every year.
To harvest plants, cut the stems and tie together. Hang them in a cool, dry place. Make sure to place a container under them to capture falling seeds. When dry, place flower heads in a bag and shake to harvest seeds. More information on harvesting and drying herbs
Uses for Cilantro and Coriander:
Cilantro is used in wide variety of ethnic recipes, including Mexican, Tex-Mex, Spanish, and Asian cuisines.
Use the fresh leaves chopped or as garnish. It is a key ingredient in salsa. It's also used in soups, seafood, and main dishes.
Seeds are an ingredient in curry, Seed oil is used to flavor liqueurs, candies and sauces. You can also use Coriander seeds in breads, cakes, and main dishes.
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