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Old 05-30-2005, 05:18 PM   #1
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Cilantro!

On the recent Parsley subject, we discussed and bemoaned the tendency for home-grown cilantro (chinese parsley, coriander) to bolt: flower and go to seed too quickly.

Minutes ago I made a personal discovery that may change some minds about that.

My cilantro has been in bloom for several weeks now. So seeds are forming. When BB sized and ripe, they are the spice, Coriander. With their own unique flavor, no hint of the cilantro flavor.

But:

Out of curiosity, I picked one small green seed and chomped it. WOW! The really intnese cilantro flavor actually took my breath away. Unbellievable! What a potential as a flavor source in soups and stews, or ??

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Old 05-30-2005, 05:40 PM   #2
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Great tip, Coot! I never would have thought of that one!
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Old 05-31-2005, 03:55 AM   #3
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In Europe the whole plant, seeds, leaves etc is known as coriander. This is why I always try to make sure I know what part of the plant an American recipe is using!
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Old 05-31-2005, 03:44 PM   #4
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Now, that would be very confusing indeed!
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Old 05-31-2005, 03:58 PM   #5
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after looking at one of my scottish aunt's cookbooks, i noticed that the ingredients are distinguished as coriander leaf or just coriander for the green leafy part, and coriander seed.
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Old 05-31-2005, 04:06 PM   #6
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I cant find the thread about bolting ... but my cilantro does that every year.

Any tips on how to prevent this?
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Old 05-31-2005, 04:07 PM   #7
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oldcoot, I love popping those little packets of flavor in my mouth. The literally explode with flavor. once my cilantro does this I pick a few and eat them as is every time I am in the garden.
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Old 05-31-2005, 04:13 PM   #8
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jenny, if I remember correctly from my Master Gardener days, the way to keep bolting in check to to keep cutting any plant back that's getting out of control.
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jenny, if I remember correctly from my Master Gardener days, the way to keep bolting in check to to keep cutting any plant back that's getting out of control.

The middle part that starts shooting up, I presume?

The sides usually are pretty normal and bushy
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Old 05-31-2005, 04:30 PM   #10
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yep. let me know what happens. I don't grow herbs or veggies, but I've been known to do a number on unruly lamb's ears and ornamental grasses.
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