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How to Grow Cilantro and Harvest Coriander Seeds

Barbara Pleasant shares how to grow cilantro and harvest coriander seeds, includes tips on growing cilantro, choosing varieties of cilantro and when to harvest coriander seeds.

| August/September 2003

Learn how to grow cilantro and harvest coriander seeds in the garden.

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Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is really two herbs in one. The leaves, called cilantro or Chinese parsley, impart a musky, citrus-like (some even say “soapy”) flavor to Mexican, Chinese and Thai cooking. The tiny, round seeds, called coriander, taste of sage and lemon or orange peel, and season many traditional Indian dishes, especially curries.

Coriander roots also have culinary use. In Southeast Asia, they are dug, chopped and added to salty pickled condiments by many kitchen gardeners.



This easy-to-grow herb is rich in vitamins A and C, and also contains iron and calcium. In the garden, coriander flowers attract beneficial insects. At the flowering and fruit-set stage, the plants give off a slightly acrid smell, which is probably why this herb’s botanical name is derived from the Greek word for “bedbug,” which emits a similar color. In mature seeds, this odor vanishes.

Some people find the unique smell and taste of fresh cilantro unpleasant, but those of this opinion are definitely in the minority, because the herb’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent years. Cilantro enthusiasts eagerly eat the leaves raw, chopped into salsas or salads, and layered onto sandwiches.

KATELYNL
7/17/2018 8:26:22 PM

Hi, Hank! To sort stems from seeds, I put out a tablespoon or so at a time onto a paper towel or rough cloth. Then I gently roll the seeds around to knock the stems off. I pick up the towel and tilt it so the seeds roll of, leaving stems behind. Good luck!


KATELYNL
7/17/2018 7:25:41 PM

Hi, Hank! To sort stems from seeds, I put out a tablespoon or so at a time onto a paper towel or rough cloth. Then I gently roll the seeds around to knock the stems off. I pick up the towel and tilt it so the seeds roll of, leaving stems behind. Good luck!


Hank
6/15/2018 5:56:27 AM

The last sentence... sort what by hand?







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