Cilantro is an aromatic herb. The leaves are finely divided and very similar to parsley. The cilantro leaves have a strong fragrance that is described as both sweet and pungent. The seeds of the plant are always referred to as coriander. Coriander seeds become more fragrant as they age. Coriander/cilantro is one of the most widely used herbs. You can find references to cilantro in almost all cultures. Many recipes use the names interchangeably. Fresh coriander is cilantro and dried cilantro is usually the ground or whole coriander seeds.
Coriander/cilantro has been around since biblical times. In the Bible, Exodus 16:31, mentions coriander. You can find medical and culinary uses for cilantro in texts from India, Egypt, Ancient Rome and China dating back seven thousand years.
Cilantro is best grown in early Spring or Fall, the summers are hard on this plant. Can be grown in light shade in our climate. Cilantro is a bright green plant with fern like leaves. Cilantro grows quickly to about 1 1/2 ft tall. You can pick the leaves at any time.
Garden habitat: Garden or container.
Exposure: Light shade.
Season: Early spring or fall.