Tips For Growing Cilantro
Position: sun to part shade
Watering: moist but not wet
Feeding: very little
Propagation: from seed
Cooking: add leaves after cooking
Cooking With Cilantro
The fresh Coriander leaves are added to dishes after cooking.
The Coriander seeds can also be used but have a different more lemony
flavour than the leaves. They are an ingredient of curry. Use them as
well for pickling or baking.
The chopped coriander leaves can be added to Asian dishes
particularly in Thai and Indian cooking. They are also popular for
Moroccan and Tunisian dishes like Couscous, Rice dishes or Harissa.
How To Grow Cilantro
If you are growing Coriander in the garden choose a sunny spot with
good drainage and fertile soil. Part shade is also suitable and might
produce a better leaf crop.
Keep the plants moist at the seedling stage otherwise they
will bolt and go to seed very quickly. Once they bolt you have very
little leaf and have to start over again.
Cilantro plants don't like too much heat. During the hot summer months choose a spot that is a bit shaded.
A great advantage if you grow cilantro in a pot is that you can keep
it out of the hot afternoon sun by moving it around. Find a spot that
gets morning or evening sun but is shaded for the hottest hours of the
Coriander is short lived so make sowings every few weeks if you want an ongoing supply. Sow the seeds in containers or into the ground and cover them with some soil.
Keep them moist (but not wet!). If you keep them too dry they won't produce many leaves and bolt right away!
Put the seed right where you want to keep the plant! Growing Cilantro does not transplant well so don't uproot them. This can cause the plant to bolt. Sow them right into containers for pot growing and not into seed trays first.
Any sort of stress like drought or transplanting will make cilantro go to seed. This is of course not what you want if you plan on harvesting lots of flavourful leaves. So avoid stress at all cost.
Harvesting Cilantro And Preserving
Harvest the young and tender leaves and use them fresh. The seeds can
also be harvested when they are ripe. They can be used whole, crushed
Store the seeds in airtight containers after drying. If you have surplus coriander foliage try freezing it in ice cube trays.
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