David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm
greenhouses, Burlington, ON, June 2 2006
|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
about 1995. Limited availability May 2016, in
Cilantro (sometimes called coriander leaves or Chinese
parsley) refers to the leaves of a young coriander
plant. In general coriander refers to the seeds. If you
find that your cilantro is flowering, it's probably too
late to harvest any leaves, but if you wait a few weeks,
you'll be able to harvest coriander.
Winter Hardiness: Annual
Light Requirements: Sun, part sun, or bright shade
Height: 8 - 10"
Where to plant: grows well anywhere, avoid hot
- In the
most other herbs, cilantro cannot be
continuously harvested throughout the season.
It grows very quickly in our hot summers and
will “bolt” (go to seed) soon after reaching
6” in height. To have a continuous supply,
re-plant every three weeks, or purchase
cilantro bunches from the grocery store (even
we do). Even "slow bolting"
cultivars go to seed quickly.
- In the
The fresh leaves are an essential
ingredient in many Mexican dishes including
salsas and guacamole. Also used in
Vietnamese foods, Asian chutneys, etc.
Cilantro should never be cooked as heat
quickly destroys its delicate flavour. Add to
your dishes just before serving.