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Pro-Organic Belize Garden Grow
coriander are the same plant. Cilantro,
an herb, is
the green leafy part of the plant, coriander is the
is a popular plant in Belize and is used as an
ingredient in salsa, salads, soups, stir fries, a
topping for bean dishes, pasta and rice. It is
milder when cooked.
Coriander seeds, considered to be a spice, are a
commonly used spice in Indian cooking. A unique
quality of cilantro is that some love the smell and
taste, while others claim the aroma and flavor smell
and taste like soap.
How to grow: Cilantro grows best in raised rows; this helps prevent the plants from sitting in muddy water during the rainy season. The seeds can be purchased or saved from the cilantro seeds which you may obtain from friends or neighbors who grow cilantro. To plant: Loosen soil and plant the seeds 1/2 inch deep; be sure to water. Plants grow best when thinned to space 8-9” apart. It is possible to start harvesting in about four to five weeks after planting. Plants produce seeds which develop in clusters.
Insect and disease control: Due to the strong aroma and flavor of cilantro it is seldom bothered by insects or disease.
To harvest: Cut the small, immature leaves and stems for the best flavor. To harvest coriander seeds, wait until a majority of the seeds have turned from green to brown and the aroma changes to their characteristic spicy fragrance. Allow some seeds to fall, and the plant will self-sow for another crop. Dry the seeds well and store in airtight jars. The flavor improves with age.
Health benefits: Cilantro is said to absorb and bind with toxic heavy metals to remove from the systems of people and animals. It has the calcium and vitamins contained in green leafy vegetables.
2 cups chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems
3-5 cloves garlic minced
1 Tbs fresh lime juice and about 1/4 tsp grated zest
3/4 cup walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup olive oil
dash cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a food processor, except olive oil; pulse, then drizzle in the olive oil and blend to pesto consistency. Store in a glass container in refrigerator or freeze into ice cubes and store in a zip lock bag in freezer.
This recipe is delicious added to rice or pasta.
1 extra large tomato or 2 medium tomatoes
1 medium onion
1 clove garlic
½ tsp salt
10 sprigs fresh cilantro
1 tsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp olive oil
Dice/finely chop the onion, tomato, and jalapenos. Pull leaves from cilantro and mix with veggies. Add lime juice and salt and olive oil. Cover and refrigerate to allow flavors to blend. (Adjust salt, lime juice and olive to taste.)