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12 August 2011

How to Grow and Harvest Coriander

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Guess what this is?

Ok, well you can read a title I guess...SO you probably guessed this is Coriander.

Right?  Right.

What you might not have realized was that this coriander came from my bolting cilantro plants.  
Remember when I made these fish tacos and the cilantro smelled all stinkbuggy and such? 

Well, I let the cilantro go to seed because I couldn't eat it after that and the result was a full jar of coriander.  Fabulous!

Harvesting is simple.  You wait until the plant is completely dead, dry and brown and the little seeds have taken the place of the little white flowers.  You shake the seeds off (I used a large bucket), wash them and dry them thoroughly.  I used a small colander.

The most important thing is to get them very, very dry before storing, and the most annoying thing is removing all the little bits of chaff, or dead plant bits.  Of course some "dried cilantro" bits aren't going to hurt you any when you grind up your coriander seeds, so I fished about 90% out and then left the rest of the tiny pieces in.  No biggy.

In other homestead news, one chicken laid her first TWO eggs yesterday, 
we made homemade cider and hand pressed applesauce and the laundry is DONE!
Life is certainly good...


SocialStudiesSoubrette Friday, August 12, 2011  

Okay I had no idea that coriander came from cilantro. Thanks for passing that on!

Congrats on the eggs! Once you taste fresh eggs you will never want ones from the store again. They are awesome :D

Cassy Saturday, August 13, 2011  

I know nothing about coriander. Thanks for sharing. It's good to learn new things through reading.

Cassy from Guitar Made Easy

Torviewtoronto Tuesday, April 10, 2012  

thank you for linking this useful post Amy :)

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