Also known as Chinese Parsley
, Coriander and Cilantro refer to the same species: Coriandrum sativum, a member of the Parsley family. Coriander typically refers to the seeds and Cilantro typically refers to the leaves and stems. Immensely popular in Mexican, Thai and Indian cuisines, its fresh, somewhat pungent flavor brings alive salsa, cold Cucumber
soup, bruschetta, ceviche and summer grill marinades. Or purée it with roasted red Bell Peppers
, chunks of ripe avocado, mayonnaise, lime juice, lime zest and herbs for a colorful, zesty sandwich spread or a crudité dip. It prefers to be direct-sown into the garden after the last spring frost date
in moderately fertile soil. Keep evenly moist and harvest regularly with scissors. For Coriander seeds, allow the plants to flower and go to seed. When the seeds just begin to brown, cut the stems and place them in a paper bag to dry. Once the seeds are completely dry, separate them from the stems and store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry spot. Bee friendly. Deer resistant. Height: 18" to 24". (OP.)
Average seed life: 1 year.