Coriander – Grow from seeds

I love this aromatic herb for many reasons. Its add flavor to any dishes and packed a punch in health benefits.

Coriander or Cilantro’s health benefits

  1. Reduce levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and increasing levels of HDL
  2. Lower blood sugar and pressure
  3. improve bowel movement
  4. Rich in vitamin C, K and protein
  5. Anti-inflammatory benefit

What’s there not to love about this herb?!

Health benefits of cilantro

My first home grown coriander on March 23 2016

In South East Asia, this is relatively common herb in our markets but there may be parts of the world where its not so easily found. Thus, it would be useful to learn how to grow from seeds.

Health benefits of cilantro

Coriander Seeds – round with hollow casing

Coriander seeds can be found not only in plant nurseries which are more expensive but also in dry goods shelves of supermarkets. These seeds are used in Mediterranean and Asian kitchens to add flavor to stews and sauces.

For better germination success, I like to “crack” the seeds before sowing on wet tissues or other medium.

Health benefits of coriander

Stratify seeds before sowing – easy to crack seeds with finger nails

The seeds were sowed on pre-moist soil and placed in an area where I have some morning sun.

Health benefits of cilantro

7 days to germinate

Coriander can be eaten as microgreen or slightly more mature plant.

Health benefits of coriander leaves

3 weeks old cilantro or coriander