Cilantro is a staple cooking herb throughout Asia and Latin America. And, the distinctive taste will either cause you to fall in love or make you want to spit it out. Some people have a genetical predisposition, which makes cilantro have a taste soap-like. But, if you’re the kind of person that can’t get enough of it, growing cilantro will save you money at the grocery store. Additionally, it will ensure your herbal supply is always fresh, delicious, and far more flavorful than commercially grown varieties.
Though not everyone seems to realize it, when you grow cilantro, you actually get two herbs in one plant. Fresh, tender cilantro leaves are essential in savory salsas and dishes around the world. However, if you let your cilantro plants sit in the field a few weeks longer and the pale purple flowers will turn into plump coriander seeds.
Because cilantro is as easy to grow as it is to cook with, you have no excuse for not starting your own supply right away.
Start Growing Cilantro
Because cilantro grows a taproot, it doesn’t do well when transplanted. That is why it should instead be seeded directly where you want it to mature. There’s no reason to worry about having too short of a growing season because cilantro seedlings grow so quickly that an indoor head start isn’t much of an advantage.
However, if you’re eager to get some fresh cilantro as early as possible, you can start your seeds indoors. By using biodegradable pots like peat and then planting the pots directly into your garden. Of course, once the risk of frost is over.