Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Two In One Herb & Spice - Cilantro and Coriander

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A Two In One Herb & Spice - Cilantro and Coriander

Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs (although I say that about most herbs - hahaha).  You might be asking yourself: "What is the difference between an herb and a spice?"   An herb is the leaf of the plant and a Spice is the seed or bark (example of bark is cinnamon) of the plant.

Last year I planted Cilantro/Coriander twice and I mulched the later planting and I was amazed to find out that they made it through my Michigan winter!!  I had Cilantro in early Spring (early April)!!

Please see the bottom of this post for recipes using Cilantro (I have not shared any of my Indian Curry dishes that use Coriander - so that will have to wait for future posts).

This wonderful herb/spice is so easy to grow: 

1.  This is the stage where you will be able to pinch off or cut off the leaves to use Cilantro
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2.  When the plant starts to flower you can still use the leaves but they will be wispy and smaller.
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3.  Finally the flower heads will produce round seeds & the entire plant will dry up - shake the plant over a plate & collect the seeds.
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  1. I enjoyed reading this post. I'm growing cilantro myself :)

  2. Mmmm, I love cilantro! And I'm going to check out the recipes.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  3. I didn't know the difference between herbs and spices. Now I do. :) Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble!

  4. Oh, how pretty! I love the flowers! I wonder if they can be used for anything?

    Thank you for showing all the different stages of growing cilantro - I just planted some coriander seeds for the first time as I love Cilantro too. I also ordered an ounce of the powdered spice to try from http://maisonterre.net/ as I only eat organic, but I am not sure how to use it yet. I'm mostly raw paleo - any suggestions?

    BTW I clicked over to your etsy shop - such cute gourds! How creative you are; that must be so much fun! =)

  5. love cilantro .... I have never grown it myself though! Thanks so much for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends - I can't wait to see what you share this week!


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