Coriandrum sativum also known as Cilantro is the most commonly used coriander in cooking but it is difficult to grow during the warmer months of the year.

Coriander Woes

Warmer climate zones can really struggle when it comes to growing coriander throughout the warmer months of the year, with some resigning themselves to being complete brown thumbs and sworn to never to try coriander growing again.

But it can be easy, you just have to understand the cultural requirements and have a few bits of knowledge up your sleeve and you can be harvesting coriander all year round.

  1. ‘Corinader/Cilantro’ Coriandrum sativum prefers to be grown throughout the cooler months of the year.
  2. It prefers a sunny location, reasonable moisture but it must be free draining.
  3. If growing during the warmer months be aware that it will run to flower an seed in the blink of an eye, so fortnightly sowings of seed will ensure a regular harvest.
  4.  And here’s the secret weapon!!!! ‘Mexican coriander’ Eryngium
    Eryngium foetidum is a completely different plant to the typically used coriander but it has an almost identical flavour whilst growing happily throughout the hottest times of the year.
    Eryngium foetidum is a completely different plant to the typically used coriander but it has an almost identical flavour whilst growing happily throughout the hottest times of the year.

    foetidum is a completely different plant compared with your popular and most commonly found and used flat leaf coriander, coming from an entirely different plant family it still has amazingly the same wonderful coriander flavour. It’s leaves are tougher and slightly serrated but they can be easily finely chopped ready for use.

The bonus to this little beauty is that it can handle the heat without running to flower.

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