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What to plant now: cilantro

December 14, 2009 |  8:18 am
Cilantro 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