Growing Coriander – Cilantro (Coriandrum Sativum)
Coriander is a herb or spice for curry lovers. The leaves provide a herb for curries; the seeds, which have a different flavour, are used to spice curries, pickles, and stews. The plants grow 500-600 mm (20-24 in) high.
Sow enough for about 10 plants in spring in the main plot, about 100 mm (4 in) apart. Thin to the strongest seedling if more than one germinates at each point. The seeds may also be sown in pots of bought compost; remember to keep them watered. Soil should be moderately rich and well-drained; if it lacks humus, add some compost a few weeks before sowing.
Harvest the leaves when the plants are nearly fully grown, but before flowering; by then they should have maximum flavour. They may be stored by quick freezing. Harvest the seeds when the seed capsules are yellow and ripe in autumn. Cut the whole plant off and hang it up in a dry, airy place. When fully dry the seeds may be shaken and rubbed out and stored in jars.
Soil: Most types, well-drained
Harvest: Leaves in summer before plants are fully grown; seeds when ripe in autumn