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Coriander - two different plants.
Member Name: Bryn Pearson
Date: 24/05/01, updated on 24/05/01 (949 review reads)
Advantages: great tase, not too hard to grow.
Disadvantages: won't survive the winter
There are actually two parts of the coriander plant that can be eaten, and different varieties will give you best results for one or other option.
The ground coriander you can buy in supermarkets is made from the seeds while you put the leaves in salads. The leaves have a milder flavour and go very well with tomatoes - especailly if you are looking for a salad accompanyment to a chillie dish.
Normally, the corriander you will buy in pots will give you good leaves for cooking or eating raw. if youw ant to grow corriander for the seed, you will need to get seed packets from a plant shop - they aren't hard to pick up.
Corriander for leaves I have grown well in pots on kitchen windows. It required frequent watering and pruning for best growth. This plant will probably not survive the winter, and you will need to by new plants as and when your old ones die.
Corriander seeds, once gathered from the plant can be used directly in cooking, or can be ground up - it is well worth investign in a pestle and mortar for this or else you will end up hoovering most of your seeds off the floor.
With a bit of care and attention, this isn't a hard plant to grow, and given how expensive ehrbs and spices tend to be, its well worth it for what you can save, and of course, fresh spices and herbs have far better flavours than dried ones.