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Old 03-07-2011, 04:14 PM   #11
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I let the flowers go to seed and collect those yummy coriander seeds. ;)
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:33 PM   #12
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The photos say it all, but bolting generally means when a plant goes to seed, next stop death. Lettuce tends to get a little bitter, anyway, it means the plant has given up the ghost, quit producing, and has gone to seed for the next generation to take over. In hot weather a lot of greens and some herbs (notoriously cilantro) will bolt prematurely, and you don't harvest what you've worked so hard to sow. In cilantro's case, as some have said, you have a perfectly good spice, coriander seed. It just doesn't taste the same as cilantro when you want that fresh herb flavor in southeast Asian or Mexican dishes.
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In cilantro's case, as some have said, you have a perfectly good spice, coriander seed. It just doesn't taste the same as cilantro when you want that fresh herb flavor in southeast Asian or Mexican dishes.
Thank goodness

I'm not a fan of cilantro, but I adore coriander, especially the smell when I grind it.
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:59 PM   #14
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Try growing culantro instead
Eryngium foetidum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Easier to grow than cilantro with a stronger flavor
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Culantro, huh! It's definitely worth a try. Have you grown it successfully in Florida?
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Try growing culantro instead
Eryngium foetidum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Easier to grow than cilantro with a stronger flavor
I'm wary of something with foetidum in its name. It means stinky.
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Culantro, huh! It's definitely worth a try. Have you grown it successfully in Florida?
Yes it grows well here.

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I'm wary of something with foetidum in its name. It means stinky.
For those who don't like cilantro you'd be right. Think of it as stronger smelling cilantro
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Farm Boy had cilantro on special for 99 cents so I bought a bunch and made cilantro pesto today. I froze it. I plan on using it on grilled salmon and chicken sandwiches.
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Farm Boy had cilantro on special for 99 cents so I bought a bunch and made cilantro pesto today. I froze it. I plan on using it on grilled salmon and chicken sandwiches.
Cilantro pesto........why didn't I think of that! Love the stuff. On special for 99 cents made my eyes pop. Holy cow, I buy it at the nearby Mexican market for 25 cents for a large bunch. It doesn't pay for me to grow it at that price. I also use lots of white onions, and I can buy them there for 4lb for a dollar. White onions at the supermarket have been $1.89 lb.
Love my little Mexican market.
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:55 PM   #20
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Holy cow, I buy it at the nearby Mexican market for 25 cents for a large bunch.
And this is why I do grow it. Usually it is around $1.49/ bunch, so that was actually a deal <g>. We don't have a nearby Mexican market...sigh.
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