Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is a versatile annual herb widely used for its fresh, aromatic leaves and seeds, which are known as coriander. With origins in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions, cilantro has become a staple ingredient in various cuisines worldwide, adding a unique flavour profile to dishes.
Planting and Growing Cilantro
Cilantro seeds can be sown in the spring or fall, ideally in well-draining, fertile soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5. The plant prefers cooler temperatures and partial shade, making it well-suited for container gardening or planting in the ground. Regularly harvesting the leaves promotes new growth and prolongs the plant’s productivity.
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Culinary Uses of Cilantro
Cilantro’s distinctive flavour is cherished in many dishes, from Mexican salsas to Indian chutneys and Thai curries. Both the fresh leaves and dried coriander seeds serve as essential ingredients in numerous recipes, providing a burst of flavour and aroma that elevates the overall taste.