Ships January 2017
Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
A slower bolting selection of cilantro. Cilantro is harvested for the tender leaves like parsley. Due to genetics, about 17% of the world’s population do not enjoy cilantro (among hispanic populations that figure drops to 4%). I am an unlucky one, for me, it tastes like a bar of ivory soap but most people love it in salsa and hot, spicy foods. When Cilantro finally produces seed we call it coriander. Coriander seeds are often dried, ground and used in Asian- Middle Eastern dishes. Try the small round seeds, lightly roasted in a dry skillet which strengthens their flavor, aroma and pungency. Easy to grow.
A packet sows a 10 ft row (200 seeds)
Cilantro is a quick growing crop that can be harvested through the summer if you make successive sowing every 2 or 3 weeks starting at the last frost dateThe seed balls should be thinly sowed 20 seeds per foot and kept moist until germination. They benefit by being grown close together which will prevent soil heating. Cilantro bolts very easily in hot weather so is rather easy for seed savers or use the seed as coriander. For the production of leaves during the summer some people have success growing in moist, rich soil which is partially shaded during the hottest part of the day.