Planting, maintaining, and harvesting aromatic herbs, whether in the ground or on your balcony, allows you to accommodate several small dishes with particular scents. Find out here how to manage your coriander!
Aromatic plants have been known and used by humans for millennia and in almost all civilizations. Chinese, Egyptians, and even Sumerians have left traces on the subject, showing that aromatic plants have as much interest in medicine as in traditional cuisine. But to use the taste benefits of aromatic plants like coriander, you still have to know how to cultivate it.
Sow or plant coriander? – Complete culture guide
Coriander is not a perennial, even if it is an aromatic cultivated in the whole world, you will have to sow it just like parsley.
Coriander in the open ground
Sow your coriander in light soil; you can bring sand and a little gravel to lighten it if necessary. Also, make sure your soil is very rich, especially by adding the right quantity of well-ripened compost.
In May, place your seeds on your well-loosened soil, spacing your rows 20 cm and cover with a layer of 1 to 2 cm of good quality potting soil, itself also light, and water abundantly.
Keep the soil well moist until the seedlings are well set and clear up if your hand was too heavy and your seedlings are too close to each other.
Coriander on your balcony
As with planting in the open ground, coriander does not need much to flourish. A pot of right size, within 25 cm, is however necessary. You will place, at the bottom, clay balls or gravel to ensure drainage.
Your soil should also preferably be fertile and light and remain moist without being a sip of water. Sowing is done in the same way, but indoors, it can be done as early as March.
Finally, before finding its place on your balcony, take into account the fact that your coriander can reach a size of 50 centimeters high and that it does not appreciate being moved…
How to maintain a coriander stalk?
Coriander is a plant that needs little maintenance, but for which it is still essential to avoid watering too far apart.
Indeed if you do not water your coriander enough, it will go up in seed and flower before perishing quickly … which is not the objective since one wishes to harvest the leaves with a unique aroma.
So make sure that the soil in which it grows always remains moist and cut the flowers that would appear any way to prevent the plant from putting all its energy into it.
Main properties of coriander
The health properties of coriander are mainly expressed through their seeds, the leaves being above all aromatic.
The seeds, therefore, have stimulating and digestive properties, also avoiding or reducing nausea in pregnant women.
When to pick and how to cut coriander
The coriander can be harvested without worry throughout the year, except that you may need to cut your entire foot short if you have not watered it enough, and it has gone up in flower.
When harvesting, cut the entire stems well. This will stimulate the growth of new stems as you go along.
You can also harvest the seeds to make herbal teas and natural remedies, but this will require that you have enough pollinators around!
How to store coriander
Coriander does not keep well in foil, even if you can always chop it to put it in an airtight box that you will place in the freezer. However, the taste found after thawing depends significantly on the aromatic power of the plant at harvest time.
The most natural part to keep is the seed which, once dried and put in an airtight container stored away from light, can be used until the next harvest!
How to harvest coriander seeds?
Join your bouquet of coriander stems with a small wire, squeezing very hard to prevent it from coming apart during drying: the green stems decrease in size.
Place this bouquet upside down in a dry place away from light. Once dry, all you have to do is tap it on a tray to collect all the seeds. And start a growing cycle again…