Coriander – Herb of the week

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Tregren-Herbs-Corianderseed pod

Coriander has a strong smell and a rather cute, original flavor. This means that you either really like it or not at all. Coriander is an essential seasoning in oriental dishes. In the Far East and Asia, it is called the China parsley and used as parsley.

Coriander comes from southern Europe and the Far East and resembles parsley. The herb has been cultivated for over 3,000 years, making it one of the oldest spices. Coriander promotes appetite and stimulates digestion.

 

* Use as a seasoning for lamb and pork, fish, poultry, rice and as an ingredients in curry blends.

* Can be used as a spice in tomato sauce, ratatouille and curries as well as in apple pies, cakes, biscuits and marmalade.

* Suitable for many vegetarian dishes, such as pea, squash, cucumber, lentil, bean and mushroom dishes.

* Excellent with carrot. Frozen carrot slices fried in the pan and seasoned with a little sugar, salt and chopped coriander.

* In wok and tex-mex –dishes.

* Because of the mild taste makes it suitable as a salad condiment.

* Also used in bread rolls / bread for breakfast.

* Preserved by freezing or in oil.

 

Growing Tips:

Seed pods:

Seed pods are compressed ecological peat pods. Just add the seeds of your choice. The peat pod has a diameter of 5 cm, and when placed in water they expand to a height of 6 cm. Unused seed pods remains usable for many years, and are ready to grow fresh herbs and salads as soon as it is placed in water. The package contains two seed pods.

Tregrens’s seed pods are an easy and effective way to grow any plant of your choice. Everyone will be a successful gardener with Tregren’s seed pods, especially when they are placed in Genie Kitchen Garden or Herbie Indoor Garden. Fresh herbs and lettuces will be ready for cooking and eating in 3-8 weeks depending on the plant.

 

How to use:

Put the pod in a vessel with water for 5 minutes. Gently press the seed paper against the pod until it is totally moist and move the pod to your Tregren Indoor Garden.

 

Commercial herb pot growing:

Remove the plastic cover from the Coriander, and place it with the pot in a Herbie. Remove all interspersed and shrivelled leaves and stems. Add the nutrients in the water.

When you buy Coriander from the store, always check that the leaves do not have dark areas. This means that the plant has got frostbite, and it most probably will not recover. Do not buy an herb or plant where the soil in the pot is dry. This could mean that the roots are damaged and it will be partly decayed.

 

How to harvest coriander:

When repairing the harvest, do not pluck individual leaves, as this will only increase the coriander’s stem. The coriander is harvested by pollarding. Pollarding means that the top of the coriander is removed after the third leaf pair. Pollarding also increases the volume. However, always leave a few remaining leaves, that the growth won’t stop.

With seed pods, you can start harvesting the plant about a month after inserting it. You can start harvesting scions after about 2 weeks.

 

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