Cilantro - or coriander - is a popular herb that looks a lot like parsley and is known for its taste. You either love or hate it ;-). Widely used in Eastern and Moroccan cuisine: for stews, soups, or curries with coconut milk.
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Sowing time: April - August Height: 20 cm Contents: 3 grams
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Cilantro leaves have a fresh flavor you either love or don't. We love it. It’s often used in curries.
The app instructions help you grow Cilantro for the leaves, but if you let the plants bloom, you can eventually harvest the seeds as well.
- Species name: Coriander
- Family: Leaf
- Plants per square patch: 9
- Height: 20 cm (flowering: 60 cm)
- Sowing time: April - August
- Sowing depth: 1 cm
- Time to harvest: After 5-6 weeks
- Germination: 15 - 20°C in 7 - 21 days
- Sunlight: Sun and partial shade
Want to buy Cilantro seeds? We sell seed bags separately, or, you can get them as part of a seed pack:
What's so great about our Cilantro?
This Cilantro doesn’t flower as quickly as other species. The leaves look kind of like flat parsley, but rounder.
Cilantro is an annual plant. If you sow it every few weeks, you can harvest continually.
Like most fresh herbs, Cilantro is super healthy and contains lots of vitamins: vitamin A, various B vitamins (including folic acid), vitamin C and vitamin E. It’s also rich in iron and magnesium.
Sowing and growing
Coriander can be sown directly into your raised bed or grow bag April through August. Nine plants fit in one square patch.
Coriander plants grow best in cooler weather. So, give them some shade and keep the MM-Mix moist in the summer months. Keeping your plants cool will also prevent early flowering. If the plants do bloom, try the flowers: they’re edible!
That said, the growing process is easy: even snails will leave these plants alone.
You can harvest the leaves after 5 weeks or so. If you sow every few weeks, you’ll always have delicious Cilantro leaves at hand.
Step-by-step sowing and growing instructions are in the Planty Gardening app.
How do you use it?
Fresh Cilantro leaves have a strong smell and a mildly sweet flavor, kind of like aniseed. Try a leaf before you add it to your dishes.
You can use Cilantro in salads and sauces, stews, chicken dishes. It's great for Indian, Moroccan and Thai cuisine.
If the plants eventually bolt (flower), you can harvest the seeds as well. The seeds taste completely different and are widely used in oriental spice mixes or for pickling.