Cilantro

Cilantro

If you like the aromatic flavor of salsa served in Mexican restaurants, you’ll like cilantro. The leaves have an instantly recognizable fragrance that fills a room when you cut them.

Cilantro looks like flat leaf Italian parsley, but the leaves are thinner. It grows in a rosette of stemmy leaves that are ready to harvest shortly after planting. Young leaves have the best flavor, so be sure to harvest often.

Light: Full sun to part shade

Soil: Light, moist but well drained

Spacing: 12 to 18 inches

Plant size: 18 to 24 inches tall, 12 inches wide

Garden use: In containers, herb gardens

Culinary use: Leaves & seeds in Mexican, Caribbean or Asian dishes

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