Cilantro Turned to Coriander- WHB

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

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
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.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marija
    Aug 11, 2008 @ 14:30:43

    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!


  2. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 11, 2008 @ 16:09:51

    Thank you Marija and thanks for hosting WHB.


  3. Kalyn
    Aug 12, 2008 @ 17:11:39

    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!


  4. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 12, 2008 @ 18:26:50

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


  5. Natashya
    Aug 13, 2008 @ 13:37:00

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


  6. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 13, 2008 @ 13:51:51

    Thanks Natashya.


  7. Jerry
    Aug 19, 2008 @ 09:57:53

    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!


  8. Sue (coffeepot)
    Aug 19, 2008 @ 13:51:52

    Hope you like it Jerry!


  9. Orlen Howelll
    Sep 06, 2008 @ 15:38:35

    Could you send information on planting and growing?



  10. Sue (coffeepot)
    Sep 08, 2008 @ 08:42:28


    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.


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