Aromatics

Coriander: a very aromatic herb


Cilantro is an aromatic plant whose cultivation is adapted to our summer climate.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Coriandrum sativum
Family : Apiaceae
Type : Annual

Height : 25 to 60 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Rich and light

Harvest : May to October

  • Health: benefits and virtues of coriander

Caring for cilantro, from planting or sowing to harvest is easy and will complement most of your dishes, sauces and salads.

Sowing and planting coriander

In general, we can consider that sowing coriander outdoors can start as early as the month ofApril in the southern half and May for the northern half.

But it is quite possible to start sowing in a greenhouse or indoors from February / March.

Planting coriander:

If you buy your cilantro in jar, it will be necessary to plan repot fairly quickly in a bigger pot or put it in the ground after purchase.

This is the assurance that the plant thrives in the best conditions.

But beware, coriander does not like to be moved and will always have better development if sown directly in place.

Coriander seedlings:

Coriander maybe sown in place throughout the spring and summer. Sowing coriander is recommended rather than planting purchased seedlings.

  • Bury the seeds in 1 to 2 cm of potting soil
  • Space your rows 20 cm
  • Water regularly in fine rain until emergence which can last up to 2 weeks.

As soon as the plants have formed 4 or 5 leaves, thin out to about eight inches to leave room for the plant to develop.

  • They will mature about 2 months after sowing

Caring for coriander

The recurring problem with cilantro is rise to seed.

  • The coriander then forms long stems with few leaves.
  • Flowers appear quickly, then giving way to seeds.
  • Cilantro usually gets used up and then dies.

The best solution to this problem remains to sow directly in place, rather than buying cilantro seedlings.

This is because cilantro hates being moved and this is usually when it experiences stress that leads to rapid seeding.

Harvesting coriander

Leaves can be cut as and when needed and that until the first frosts.

It is better to pluck the leaves one at a time, rather than plucking a multitude of stems or cutting several stems at once with scissors.

Be sure to eat preferably oldest leaves.

In the fall, in order to keep your cilantro as long as possible, cut it flush and keep the frozen in a jar after having chopped it.

It is also possible to keep the grains after having made them dry because they come to flavor the dishes, in grain or crushed in the pepper plant.

All you need to know about coriander

Native to Asia, it is one of the most cultivated in the world. Widely used in Mexico for example, it is very aromatic and fragrant.

It is also called "Arabian parsley" or "Chinese parsley".

Cilantro is mainly used for flavor salads, omelets and dishes in sauce.
It is also used to enhance certain shellfish and grilled meats.

She is from easy culture and is fairly resistant to most diseases.

  • Finally, coriander has health benefits and virtues.

Smart tip

The coriander seeds are harvested when their color changes from green to light brown.


To read on aromatic plants:

  • All you need to know about aromatic plants

Video: How to grow Coriander at home (October 2020).