Cilantro has a unique spiciness that is not found in most other culinary herbs. In fact, cilantro is the very opposite of parsley. Cilantro is Latin for "tea leaf", so it is related to parsley and chives. It is often confused with chives because of its small yellow flowers. However, cilantro has a slightly different flavor when cooked than parsley.
Cilantro can be grown virtually anywhere. It is an ideal plant for starting seedlings in your garden. It is an excellent choice for indoor gardens. It will tolerate some frost. It has a short lifespan but, unlike most perennial herbs, it grows back quickly.
Growing cilantro from seed is not difficult. You just need to ensure the seeds are covered with a plastic bag during shipping. Keep the bag in a cool dark place during transportation. Seeds should arrive in about ten days. Seedlings can also be grown from cuttings.
When you decide to grow cilantro, you must make sure that the plant has ample drainage and receives plenty of sunshine. Do not overfeed because this will encourage root rot. Mow the grass frequently but keep the soil moist.
Mature cilantro requires about two feet of space. Pruning is not necessary as the plant matures. Cilantro will bloom for about four months. The flower buds can be viewed below the soil. This flowering is the main source of food when cilantro is harvested.
You can pick off the flower buds and leaves that have been used. Leaving the flower buds on the plant encourages bush growth. These buds and leaves are often eaten as a salad ingredient. It is a mild digestive stimulant. Cilantro is considered to be good for the heart and liver.
Since cilantro is often dried for tea, it is available in different varieties such as Mexican and Greek. You can grow it in an outdoor garden using a trellis system or in containers on your deck, patio, or balcony. It does well in any climate, which is a plus because it grows so quickly.
When cooking with cilantro, be sure to taste it. If you like it bitter, add some sugar. If you like it sweet, add some lemon juice. Cilantro is always fresh when picked, so be sure to store it properly. Don't wait too long after picking to use it, either. Keep it out of the refrigerator and put it in a glass container.
When growing cilantro, be sure to choose firm, upright plants with thick, wide leaves. Cilantro tends to get rusticated as it matures. Don't pinch the leaves just before they turn brown. They will lose their flavor. Wait for the leaves to color a deep golden yellow and then harvest.
The first step in growing cilantro is to decide where the best place to grow it is. The most important part of this step is to be sure the area receives enough if not all of the sun it needs. The leaves do not become usable if the sun is shaded. Cut the grass at the base so that it grows vertical. Cilantro is known to have wonderful aromas when the leaves are turned golden.
After the area has been divided into several sections, plant each section about two feet apart. Once the plant starts to flower, it will spread quickly. If you are keeping the cilantro outdoors, be careful to water it only when the soil is dry and not after the leaves have turned golden. Cilantro will grow well in any type of soil, but it does better in rich soil with a good deal of nutrients. Be careful not to over-water the plants, because the leaves can become dark with brown spots.
Some people keep cilantro inside on the windowsill. Others grow it in a window box, pot, or bed. You can get great results by turning your windowsill into a green table. Plant mint and dill there, add some lettuce and vegetables and watch the neighbors envy your new herb garden.
Growing cilantro is a great way to have a lot of fresh herbs readily available. It is easy to store, and you can have it fresh at any time. Enjoy your cilantro.