|Photo courtesy of Renee's Garden.|
The leaves of the coriander plant are popularly known as cilantro. These leaves are common ingredients in cuisine ranging from South Asia to Scandinavia. In America it's popularity can be attributed to it's use in Latin American dishes.
In the English-speaking world outside of the U.S it is known as coriander. In America we refer to it's Spanish name, cilantro. Both the leaves and seeds of the plant contain antioxidants, but the leaves are said to have the stronger effect.
The plant grows wild in the Near East and southern Europe. Parts of the plant were discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamen and it is even mentioned in the Bible in Exodus 16:31. Coriander was brought to the British colonies in North America in 1670.
Where to Grow
Plant the seeds in full sun about 1/2 inch deep in soil and 1-2 inches apart. Seeds germinate in 10-20 days. The plant doesn't like to be transplanted so sow your seeds directly into the ground or pot where you'll grow yours. Cilantro flowers and sets seeds quickly so sow more seeds every 2-3 weeks for a steady supply of fresh leaves.
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