Coriander is both a herb and a spice as it is grown for its tasty leaves and pungent seeds. Coriander is a fast-growing annual that is a vital ingredient in many Asian dishes. If you are a fan of this herb, use it to add a zing to even the simplest salad, sandwich or bowl of soup. Time it right and it’s easy to grow. Be careful, it can rapidly bolt to seed if it is stressed by a lack of water.
Coriander is easily grown from seed. For leaf production, look for ‘slow-bolt’ varieties such as Mr Fothergill’s Coriander Calypso and sow small amounts of seed every few weeks. For seed production allow the plant to flower and set seed. Dry seeds can be harvested and stored for use as a spice. Coriander flowers are highly attractive to beneficial insects.