Cilantro, Corriandrum sativum
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: This popular culinary herb is esteemed in Mexican and Chinese cooking. A fast growing annual is best planted in succession ( every 2-4 weeks) to keep the aromatic foliage around throughout the summer and fall. The seeds are used as coriander, and are delicious cooked with dried beans. Coriander/ cilantro is generous and reseeds for next springs use. Soil type is not limiting, but as always with aromatic plants, full sun is essential for optimal growth.
PART USED: foliage and seeds
FUNCTION: Brings authenticity to salsas, bean dishes and spring rolls. Highly aromatic essential oils aid in a healthy digestive process.