Chinese parsley, better known as cilantro, is quite common in Asian and Latin cuisines. Loaded with vitamin A, B, C and K, packed with antioxidants, and rich in minerals, this herb has benefits for not only your plate, but also your health. The leaves, stem, and root of this plant are edible. Although it adds a strong, tangy taste and beautiful aroma, Chinese parsley is often used as a main garnish because of its lacy foliage. This herb is also fast growing and can thrive in a container. The seeds are coriander, which is also very versatile and used in dishes. Chinese parsley plant need a moderate amount of maintenance. Today’s World Kitchen is where world-renowned chefs share their tips and tricks, so even though you may be a Michelin Starred chef, you may not have a green thumb, which is why we have tips for growing Chinese parsley in your kitchen.
You Will Need:
Container with drainage holes
Liquid fertilizer, such as fish emulsion
- Plant coriander seeds ¼ deep, spacing them 1 inch apart, in a container filled with lightweight commercial potting mixture.
- Place the container where it is exposed to bright sunlight, such as on a windowsill. If you live in an area where the summers are extremely hot, place the container near a place semi-shaded so you do not overheat when growing Chinese parsley.
- Make sure to check the potting soil daily, adding water to the container only when the soil feels slightly dry. Add water until a bit of water trickles through the drainage holes.
- Use a liquid fertilizer, such as fish emulsion, to fertilize the herb about once every two weeks. Mix the fertilizer in water according to the directions on the label.
- You can begin to pick the leaves when the plant is about 4 to 6 inches tall. Pick the outer leaves so the center can continue to thrive.
- Make sure to harvest your plant regularly so you can continue growing Chinese parsley and adding them to all of your signature dishes!
After growing Chinese parsley right in your own kitchen, check out our blog to learn more on how to incorporate this herb [hyperlink to Blog 3 – How to Use Chinese Parsley in the Kitchen] into your signature dishes!