Cilantro is one of the oldest spices that we know of. 8,000-year-old seeds were found in caves in Israel, as well as in King Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt. Europeans introduced the seeds to the Americas in the 1600s, where this cool season annual became part of the food culture. This plant is considered both an herb and a spice. When fresh leaves are added to a recipe, it is called Cilantro. When its seeds are used instead, it is called Coriander. While they bring different flavors to a dish, both Cilantro and Coriander can be added to a variety of recipes.
Caring for your Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
- Plant seeds in full sun, 6-8″ apart
- Plant seeds 1/4″ deep in loosened soil OR a pot & use fingers to press soil down
- Water gently
- Seeds should sprout in 7-10 days
- You can start harvesting leaves when plant is 6-8″ tall
- You can start harvesting seeds after ~100 days