Cilantro Turned to Coriander- WHB

August 11, 2008 at 1:58 pm 10 comments


I have only grown cilantro for two years and didn’t really know when or how to harvest the coriander seed.

This is how I do it and it seems to work.

I wait until the plant looks similar to this.

I go out with a large bowl and cut the complete head off into the bowl and bring it inside to pull off the seeds.

I let the seeds sit on paper towels for about 2 weeks on the kitchen counter before I store it in baggies.

When I need coriander I just grind some of the seeds in a spice grinder.

Last years seeds were used this spring to start cilantro plants also, so if you don’t use it all in cooking you can use them for next years garden.

One of my favorite uses for coriander is this mango salad.

I also needed to use that ripe mango on my kitchen counter.

Don’t you love mango this time of year? I never like them except mid summer.

This is my post for Weekend Herb Blogging hosted this week by Marija from Palachinka. Visit to read the roundup sometime after Sunday this week and see some gorgeous photographs and neat recipes too!

If you would like to participate in WHB visit beloved by all WHBers founders site, Kalyns Kitchen, and read the rules.

You will be glad you did.


Mango and Romaine Salad with Dried Cranberries - Adapted from a salad by Camille Cusumano
America Loves Salads

FOR SALAD
3 romaine hearts – washed and chopped
1/2 red onion sliced thin
1 each mango peeled and sliced
1/2 cup pecan halves toasted
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 each grated carrot
FOR DRESSING
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon honey

Cut romaine hearts into bite size pieces and place all salad ingredients in a large bowl ending with toasted nuts.

Place all dressing ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately as it does not store well.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Marija  |  August 11, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    I’ve never seen coriander plant before but I do use ground dried seeds for rubbing meat. Great post and a great looking salad. Thanks for participating in WHB!

    Reply
  • 2. Sue (coffeepot)  |  August 11, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you Marija and thanks for hosting WHB.

    Reply
  • 3. Kalyn  |  August 12, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Okay, I am officially jealous. I can’t grow cilantro at all, just gets eaten by snails within days here. Great photo of the seeds too!

    Reply
  • 4. Sue (coffeepot)  |  August 12, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks Kalyn for being jealous because everyone is jealous of your blog.

    Reply
  • 5. Natashya  |  August 13, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Your salad looks so fresh and healthy, the colours are just beautiful.

    Reply
  • 6. Sue (coffeepot)  |  August 13, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks Natashya.

    Reply
  • 7. Jerry  |  August 19, 2008 at 9:57 am

    This looks delicious. My problem with growing cilantro is that it always goes to seed faster than I can use it. Now you have given me a great use for the seeds!

    Reply
  • 8. Sue (coffeepot)  |  August 19, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Hope you like it Jerry!

    Reply
  • 9. Orlen Howelll  |  September 6, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Could you send information on planting and growing?

    Orlen

    Reply
  • 10. Sue (coffeepot)  |  September 8, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Orlen,

    I just started the seed in my sunroom early like April and transplanted later. They were slow so I bought some plants at the nursery and planted those in like late May.

    Some also came up on its own in my herb bed from last year. Pretty easy to grow here in VA, USA.

    Reply

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