Growing Coriander – Cilantro (Coriandrum Sativum)

Growing Coriander - Cilantro (Coriandrum Sativum)


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.

Growing Coriander - Cilantro (Coriandrum Sativum) 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.

Site: Sunny

Soil: Most types, well-drained

Sow: Spring

Harvest: Leaves in summer before plants are fully grown; seeds when ripe in autumn

23. October 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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