This week begins a series of posts about herbs. I have the following growing in various locations in my garden and yard: thyme, basil, oregano, tarragon, sage, and parsley. Do you notice what is missing from that list? Cilantro. I would love, love to grow cilantro, but have never gotten more than a few leaves... which, granted, is enough to sprinkle on a salad or on top of a dinner... but when you've got 75% of the other ingredients for salsa growing outside, it sure would be nice to have enough for an actual recipe!
At this point in the summer, I've given up on the cilantro completely. It does not seem to do well in heat, and it "bolts" quickly - meaning, it goes from having flavorful leaves to producing seeds. The seeds are known as coriander.
They are not what I put in salsa.
Occasionally, the plants just do what this one did above, which is die. Pretty much, this endeavor is not worth the time and energy. So I'll keep paying 99 cents for a bunch of the stuff at the store or farmer's market!