Looking for Magic: Cilantro: I didn't know that.

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Looking for Magic:  Cilantro

By Sharon
September 24, 2012

The scent of cilantro didn't impress me a few years ago. I planted it in my garden as a border plant only because I loved the look of its lacy foliage. Funny how a few years can make a huge difference. Aunt Bett always said, 'Look for the magic that hides in plants, look real close and you'll find it." Here's my take on cilantro now; I looked for the magic.

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flaflwrgrl
Sep 23, 2012 6:30 PM CST
I had no idea Cilantro was so full of so many good things or could do so much good for our bodies. Guess Cilantro will be on my "pot list" now.
Thanks Sharon!
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Sep 23, 2012 6:31 PM CST
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mcash70
Sep 23, 2012 9:48 PM CST
Sorry Sharon but I do not like fresh cilantro, tastes nasty, Thumbs down but I love the ground seeds in curries and other dishes. Big Grin

Another good informative article. Thumbs up
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Sharon
Sep 23, 2012 10:24 PM CST
Maybe if you mix it with other things, other herbs?
I think it smells ugly too, but usually it's OK when blended in with other flavors. And used sparingly! Smiling

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jmorth
Sep 23, 2012 11:29 PM CST
Well written.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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Sharon
Sep 23, 2012 11:34 PM CST
Thanks, J.
Much appreciated!
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CarolineScott
Sep 24, 2012 2:16 AM CST
A delightful article on one of my favorites!
Thank you, Sharon.
I always enjoy your writing.
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Sharon
Sep 24, 2012 10:30 AM CST
Thumbs up Caroline!
It's always so good to hear from you.
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woofie
Sep 24, 2012 11:45 AM CST
Like you, Shar, I grow cilantro just because it's so pretty! I do like it in salsa and Mexican dishes, but that's about it. And it surely does produce LOTS of seeds!
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Sharon
Sep 24, 2012 12:11 PM CST
And it's the seeds that I'm most interested in too; they are loaded with potassium.

But oh yes, it does make a pretty little border plant, and I'm all about pretty plants, Woof!
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valleylynn
Sep 24, 2012 12:48 PM CST
I will have to give it a try in my flower beds. I am not fond of the flavor of fresh cilantro, but do love the seeds.
Maybe if I have it in the beds I will learn to like the scent and taste of it. Smiling
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mcash70
Sep 24, 2012 1:08 PM CST
Sharon, because it smells so nasty, do you think it would keep moles, voles and mice away?? Hilarious!
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valleylynn
Sep 24, 2012 1:10 PM CST
Euphorbia will keep them away. Thumbs up
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Sharon
Sep 24, 2012 1:11 PM CST
It's a whole lot like tansy. Horrible scent but tansy sure drives the mosquitoes away, along with a few other annoying little biters. So I keep tansy around too. Same with cilantro, its good outweighs its bad.
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Sharon
Sep 24, 2012 1:16 PM CST
Oops, Margaret, didn't see you.
Not sure about moles, etc, but Lynn's right, euphorbia will move them out. This is the one that works well for me:

Cypress Spurge (Euphorbia cyparissias)

It's a little bit invasive here, but sure does keep the moles/voles away. Squirrels don't dig around it either. I don't know about mice, I don't ever see them. Maybe it keeps all the mice away from me too.
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mcash70
Sep 24, 2012 1:17 PM CST
Next year I will grow all three, keep the little buggers repulsed. nodding
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Sharon
Sep 24, 2012 1:20 PM CST
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woofie
Sep 24, 2012 1:58 PM CST
Didn't know tansy would keep the skeeters away! Gonna put a pot of it on my front porch! That is, after I dig it out of the flower bed it's trying to take over! Grumbling
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Sharon
Sep 24, 2012 2:03 PM CST
I keep it growing around my back deck. Mosquitoes don't bother me, guess they don't like the flavor, but they do bother my family and friends. If you plan to be on your front porch for awhile, then squish some tansy first to get the scent stirred around, or brush your hands through it. If you pinch tips off, of course it just makes it bushier. But the scent is what drives the skeetoes away, so the scent-ier the better. Sometimes during summer I just whack it down to about 6 inches from the soil, drives the bugs away for sure. It comes right back prettier than ever.
Stinky though, but worth it.
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woofie
Sep 24, 2012 5:38 PM CST
I actually kind of like the scent of tansy, so that won't be a problem for me! Unfortunately, my dog likes it too! I'll have to put the pot where he can't reach it. He has been known to try to roll in aromatic pots.............I'm not convinced he isn't part kitty! Hilarious!
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