Ann’s Recipe Index

Plant A Second Season of Cilantro for Fall Harvest

Plant A Second Season of Cilantro for Fall Harvest

Cilantro is probably second only to basil as the most popular herb to grow in the Southwest. Every spring there’s a rush at the local nursery of gardeners hungry for young cilantro to plant. We pamper them as the weeks go by, looking forward to all that fresh flavor we’ll be enjoying in burritos, tacos, and every sort of native Southwestern dishes.

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What Hot Weather Does to Cilantro

What Hot Weather Does to Cilantro

Last May when I was out watering my front garden, I noticed some big changes to my cilantro. What was a green luscious plant barely a foot tall six weeks before was now reaching two feet tall and sporting delicate clusters of white flowers. It was healthy and pretty and going to seed. But it was also no longer producing more flavorful leaves that I could use in my Tex-Mex tacos. So what did I do?

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Plant Cilantro Now For Maximum Harvest

Plant Cilantro Now For Maximum Harvest

This last week or two, I’ve begun to notice the sure signs of spring. The snow bells in my front garden are in full bloom. I can hear the cardinals and mockingbirds calling to mates as they stake out nesting territory. But the surest sign of spring is the slowly rising overnight lows. Time to start my early spring herbs and that means planting cilantro.

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