December 14, 2009 | 8:18
Some liken its fragrance to stinkbug and its flavor to soap. Even so, Coriandrum sativum
, also known as cilantro or coriander, is revered by cooks from Mexico to Malaysia. English-speakers call the leaves cilantro or Chinese parsley. The “seed” (actually a fruit housing two aromatic seeds) is called coriander. I love its scent and its taste, and now is a great time to plant some.
Cilantro isn’t hard to grow, given regular water and a couple of light feedings. But timing is critical. Like Goldilocks in a garden, this pretty little annual likes its weather just right. Click here to read more about why that timing might be just right, right now:
-- Lili Singer
Photo credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times