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Herb Cilantro Coriandrum savitum

Cilantro

Coriander is an annual herb. It is a soft, hairless plant growing to 20” tall. The leaves are variable in shape, broadly lobed at the base of the plant, and slender and feathery higher on the flowering stems. The flowers are small umbels, white or very pale pink with the petals pointing away from the center of the umbel longer. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are commonly used in cooking. The leaves are referred to as Cilantro leaves. Cilantro leaves have a different taste from the seeds, with citrus overtones. As heat diminishes their flavor quickly, Cilantro leaves are often used raw or added to the dish immediately before serving. The leaves spoil quickly when removed from the plant and lose their aroma when dried or frozen. The dry fruits are known as coriander seeds or coriandi seeds. The word coriander in food preparation may refer solely to these seeds (as a spice), rather than to the plant itself. The seeds have a lemony citrus flavor when crushed; it is described as warm, nutty, spicy, and orange-flavored. Seeds can be roasted or heated on a dry pan briefly before grinding to enhance and alter the aroma. Ground coriander seed loses flavor quickly in storage and is best ground fresh.

Height

18-24 Inches

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Spread

12-18 Inches

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Interesting Notes


  • Coriander typically refers to the seeds

  • Cilantro typically refers to the leaves

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Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes
Fragrant
Mass Planting
Border or Bed
Container
Focal Point
Purchase Size(s):
1801 (4")
Exposure
Partial Shade
Foliage Color
Gold
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
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