Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bolting Cilantro = Coriander

My "Slow Bolt" Cilantro did not live up to it's name. It started bolting rather early (considering our cool spring). Maybe it did not enjoy the prolonged cool weather? I noticed early on that it was trying to bolt. It tried cutting of the flower stems but to no avail.

Mother Nature eventually took it's course and flowers started developing. They were pretty white flowers that attracted little bees so I left them.
Seed pods are now starting to form. I will harvest these as coriander but will have to do more research into the right time to harvest. Anyone have ideas?
I love herbs that serve two purposes. I feel like I get my money's worth by double dipping! ;0)


scrapper al said...

I just let my cilantro go to seed and it sprouts again every year. My green onions did that this year too, for the first time.

Mark Willis said...

I have had the same problem with Coriander (grown in pots). The leafy bit is only available for a very short time - the plants just run to seed straight away. I think maybe they need very rich soil or something.
BTW, thanks for your comments on my blog concerning Tomatillos. Let me know if you find any nice recipes for using them. I got a bit bored with Salsa after the first few times!

Why I garden... said...

My corriander flowered very early too. I'm looking to harvest the seeds but not sure when to harvest as this will be the first year for me collecting them.

Rowena... said...

Same here, and with that slow bolt type too. But like scrapper al said, I just let them do their own thing and they come up the next year. Still...would be nice to have an abundant supply of cilantro before mama nature takes over.

Ben Czajkowski said...

Well, it is called "bolt", so I guess your cilantro moves fast... Ha! Bad joke >_>

I just accidentally killed my cilantro, this past week. I should probably start a bunch for the fall. :)

Plus, I can use the coriander for brewing some beer.

tangledbranches said...

I think cilantro actually tastes best just as it's starting to bolt. When the flowerbuds are visible I cut mine back, not quite to the ground, and it will resprout several times and give you many more usable leaves.

If I want the seeds, then I let it bloom and harvest when the seeds are starting to turn brown. If you wait too long they'll fall off and self-sow, which is not a bad thing either.

Some cuisines (Moroccan?) use the green seeds too.

~Holly~ said...

scrapper al: I think I'll let some go to seed and harvest some. I'm still waiting for them to turn brown like I've heard you should do....still waiting...

Mark Willis: I may just have to try harvesting regularly to prevent them from going to seed. I picked my first batch of tomatillos and made a Pollo Verde stew. It was delcious!! I posted the recipe if you're interested.

Kelli: This is my first time collecting seeds too. From what I read, you're supposed to let the seed pods turn brown first. It's taking it's sweet time browning up!

Rowena: I was hoping to grow my own cilantro for salsa but I guess I'll be buying some thing year.

Ben: Oooh, double goodness for you and your beer!

tangled branches: Thanks for the tip. Next time I'll keep a closer eye on it and cut it back when it starts to bolt.