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Growing the best organic cilantro seeds
- Easy to grow and maintain
- Also known as Chinese parsley
- Thrives in bright, sunny growing areas
- Strong, distinctive-smelling herb often used in Mexican and Indian cooking
The best organic cilantro for fresh meals
Cilantro, often known as Chinese parsley, is a resilient cool-season annual crop. This fragrant herb has a citrus and spice flavor that brightens Mexican, Chinese, Southeast Asian, and Indian dishes. Although the leaves of the fresh organic cilantro plant are normally the most popular, the spicy seeds (also known as coriander) and tangy roots promise a delightful treat.
Prepare to plant organic cilantro
Cilantro seeds are really two seeds enclosed in a stiff husk. After crushing the husks, immerse the seeds for 24 to 48 hours. Remove the seeds from the water and set them aside to dry. As soon as the threat of frost has passed, direct plant your organic cilantro seeds in the early spring. Cilantro may also be planted in the fall and spring in warmer climates. If a continuous crop is desired, seeds can be planted every two to three weeks. Organic cilantro seeds enjoy a cold, sunny environment. Plants will bolt if the soil temperature reaches 75°F. Choose a light, well-draining soil for your garden. Seeds should be sown in rows approximately 12 inches apart and covered with 1/4 inch of soil.
Organic cilantro germination
Thin out seedlings to a spacing of three to four inches apart after they reach around two inches in height. In around seven to ten days, the seeds will germinate. You may harvest your leaves at any time, but the fresher leaves should be removed first, followed by the older, more mature leaves. Organic cilantro, unlike other herbs, may be eaten fresh and does not require drying for storage or future use.
The leaves lose their flavor when the plant bolts (producing a stalk on which flowers will develop), therefore pinch back often to avoid blossoms. During a hot spell, growing plants in partial shade may help prevent bolting.
Health advantages of organic cilantro
Organic cilantro has a long list of health advantages. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities thanks to it's phytonutrients and antioxidants.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for organic cilantro / coriander seed, see the Cilantro Seeds Planting Guide.