Coriander has a distinctive, citrusy aromatic flavour that may not be to everyone’s taste. However it is used in many cuisines, including Asian and Latin American, as it partners so well with spices, garlic, ginger and chilli to make fantastic dressings, stir fries and curries.
Coriander is a delicate leafed herb that is best added towards the end of cooking as too much heat will destroy its flavour. The stems should not go to waste as they have more flavour than the leaf and can be added earlier in the cooking process, so are perfect for soups and stocks.
Simple Coriander tips…
- Known for its digestive qualities, try adding coriander to hot water, lemon and honey for a delicious herbal tea.
- Try this easy dip, it’s perfect with chicken tikka or spicy nibbles – blitz fresh coriander (leaf and stalk) with natural yoghurt in your food processor.
- A Bloody Mary with a twist – garnish with coriander. Change the vodka to gin and it becomes a Red Snapper!
- Add an Asian twist to your roast potatoes. Sprinkle with a few mixed spices then roast as normal. When they’re golden brown add finely chopped fresh coriander to finish.
- Excellent with Mexican meals – add a handful of chopped coriander with mashed avocado, a finely chopped tomato, red onion and a red or green chilli with a squeeze of lime juice. Great guacamole!
Where to buy me
Vitacress are proud to supply the leading UK supermarkets with their packs of herbs and pots of British-grown herbs all year round. We carefully pack the herbs in the retailer’s packaging for Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose and you can find them in the fresh produce area.
How to look after me
Where to keep me – Place your pot of living coriander on a saucer or in a planter in a bright place away from cold drafts. Do not put in the refrigerator.
How to water – Coriander is a naturally floppy plant, so be careful not to overwater. Water sparingly, the trick is little and often when the compost is dry to the touch. Try just a tablespoon of water a day.
How to use – To use, pick off leaves or cut stalks as required. Rinse before use under cold, running water and pat dry with kitchen towel.
Where to keep me – Store in a bag, in the salad drawer of your refrigerator.
How to use – Rinse under cold, running water and pat dry with kitchen towel. Use the leaf and the stem if you want to add more flavour.