8/06/2009

Cilantro Conundrum

Last night I made fresh tomato salsa with the tomatoes and peppers from my parents' garden. Ah, the perks of house-sitting!

I had to pick up some cilantro from the garden center, though. I'm trying to grow it indoors this time. I have had absolutely no luck growing cilantro in my herb garden. My friend's mom, from Charleston, told me that cilantro likes cool weather and doesn't do well for her in South Carolina.

From what I've read, it's true that cilantro likes some shade and cooler temperatures.

What I really don't understand, though, is how cilantro can be so popular in Tex Mex food. It's *hot* in Texas, right?

6 comments:

Janet said...

I know everyone else LOVES cilantro, me? not so much. A little goes a long way, so I don't grow it. It does seem to grow well in Tidewater Virginia.

Janine said...

Yeah, I would have thought that we could grow it here too. Maybe it doesn't like our humidity! Yes, I live in the Greenville area as well)

compost in my shoe said...

Cool season crop grown at a different time of year or at higher elevations than we are in Charleston or Lowcountry......perhaps...don't know for sure......?

Annie in Austin said...

Hi Nelumbo,

Cilantro is a "winter" crop here in Central Texas - like pansies and snapdragons - so we're out of it by the time tomatoes are ripe. (That's in years we get tomatoes).

What I've read is that shade and irrigation help make cilantro grow in Mexico, but they have another advantage: even where days are very hot, the temperature difference between day and night is much greater than in the Southern USA and the nights are cooler.

Guess cilantro doesn't like hot nights any better than Carolinians or Texans ;-]

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Sunil said...

I will love to share the salsa hope it was yummy

Sunil

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TruNorth said...

Oh, I'm so excited to get to tell someone else about this. I love cilantro, but it bolts too quickly, especially in heat.

You must try this: Vietnamese Cilantro (sometimes called Culantro) and I'm not sure what they call it. Looks like a dandelion, tastes like Cilantro. Likes the heat and humidity, a surprising amount of shade, and as long as you keep the flowers pinched, it will produce til it gets too cold. The flavor also lasts much longer in cooking so you can add it earlier. dreamy stuff