I love this herb. I wish it would stick around a little bit longer.. I’ll definitely sow a big patch of this, and fill the freezer with little coriander-icecubes :)
24 April: I sowed some in the veg bed
COLLECTION AND HARVESTING
Pick leaves (cilantro) for fresh use as required when plants are 5 to 15 cm (2 to 6 inches) tall. Cilantro will keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator, especially if wrapped in a damp towel and enclosed in a plastic bag.
Alternatively, set a cilantro plant in a bottle of water, making sure the leaves are tightly enclosed in a plastic bag. Snip leaves as required.
Although the leaves can be frozen in ice cubes, or hung to dry, the flavor is not as pronounced as when cilantro is used fresh.
Harvest coriander seeds as soon as the fruit is light brown. Cut the stems at the base of the plant and put in a paper bag in a warm, dark location to dry. Shake the dried fruits in the bag to remove them from the stems, then rub the dried fruits between the palms of your hands to split them into seed segments. Store the seeds in an airtight container.
Wash dug-up roots and freeze them for later use. Don’t harvest the roots of flowering or fruiting plants, as they are inferior to those of young plants