Cilantro / Coriander
While leafy cilantro and coriander seeds come from the same plant, you'd never know it from their aromas and flavors. They are entirely different. The herb, cilantro, is often used in Asian and Latin American cooking and has a lively citrusy and, to some, a slightly soapy flavor. The seed, coriander, is sweet and toasty with a warm aroma and flavor. It is often paired with cumin and cinnamon, which share some of those traits. Cilantro grows best in a well-drained, moist soil and plants should be spaced about 6-8 in. apart. Pinch back young cilantro plants 1" or so to encourage fuller, bushier plants. Cilantro leaves can begin to be harvested in about 3-4 weeks. Coriander seeds can be harvested in about 45 days.