Cilantro and Coriander 2017 Herb of the Year


The International Herb Association has selected Coriandrum sativum as the 2017 Herb of the Year.   Cilantro is available at our Annual Herb Sale in April.

Cilantro is the plant and coriander is the seed.

Cilantro leaves have a strong, peppery flavor. Coriander seeds have a light lemony flavor.

Cilantro leaves and coriander seeds flavor Asian, Indian, Mexican, Spanish, Tex-Mex, and Thai dishes. Cilantro enhances the flavors of peppers, onions,  tomatoes, beans, chicken, and yogurt.

Cilantro leaves are a major ingredient in salsa and guacamole.

Cilantro is tastier fresh than dried. Freeze it or make flavored oil or vinegar to enjoy during fall and winter.

Cilantro is native to southern Europe and the western Mediterranean regions.

Cilantro grows well in average, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. Purchase plants at our Annual Herb Sale (April 22, 2017) or sow seeds directly in garden soil after the last spring frost date, or in containers.

Butterflies love cilantro.

Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
Bolivian coriander (Porophyllum ruderale)
Vietnamese coriander (Polygonom oderatum)
culantro (Eryngium foetidum)