Harvesting Cilantro - Knowledgebase Question

San Pedro, CA
Question by Shanfam5
August 26, 1998
I would like to know the proper way to pick Cilantro. I have two plants growing and they're doing great. I don't want to destroy them.


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Answer from NGA
August 26, 1998

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Cilantro is an annual plant that grows quickly from seed, so pick some of the leaves throughout the season to use in the kitchen, and allow the plant to form flowers and seeds late in the season to provide new plants for harvesting next spring. Cilantro has a citrusy-spicy flavor that's great tasting when used fresh as a garnish or ingredient for cooked dishes. Your plants will eventually die, though, so enjoy the leaves while you can!

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