This extremely popular annual herb is one of the most used across the world. A favourite in curries and with red meats, its strong, fresh citrus taste makes it a vital flavour enhancer. Native to the western Mediterranean, the name Coriander comes from the Greek koris meaning bug, a reference to the pungent aroma! Now used worldwide, the uniquely aromatic leaves, stems and seeds are a must for any herb garden and make an appealing plant in either a sunny or partially shaded position.
How to Sow and Grow Coriander
Sow outdoors from March-June, thinly where they are to crop, 0.5cm(¼in) deep directly into finely prepared soil which has already been watered. Seedlings usually appear in 14-21 days. Thin seedlings to 20cm(8in) apart. Water well until plants are established. For a continuous supply, make sowings at two to three weekly intervals. Or for a year-round supply, sow indoors, 0.5cm(¼in) deep, thinly in small pots of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C(60- 68°F) is ideal. Plants can be grown on a light windowsill. Repeat sowings will provide a continuous supply.