How To Grow Coriander And Their Benefits

Coriander is easy to grow and adds a delicious finishing touch to many dishes. Coriander is usually grown for two things, the leaves, and the seeds. Fresh leaves can be snipped as soon as the plant is around 6-8 inches tall. The coriander seeds may take up to 100 days after sowing to get ready to harvest. In this article, we will share how to grow coriander, the nutrients, and the health benefits that can be gained from eating them.

How To Grow Coriander

sow coriander seeds outdoors in late spring-early summer in individual pots/containers. If you want a winter crop sow seed indoors in autumn. Sow coriander seeds 1-2cm deep 4 inches apart preferably in slightly acidic, well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-6.7, or in any decent soil. Seeds will germinate anytime between 1-3 weeks. If growing indoors in winter, place it on a bright window.

Water regularly and keep the soil moist, especially in the growing season and during dry spells. Fertilisers are optional, but if you want the best results, feed with a balanced fertiliser.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Coriander is packed with many nutrients such as vitamins C and K, fiber, manganese, iron, protein, and magnesium. They also contain small amounts of vitamins B-1 and B-3, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and carotene. In addition, coriander may; help lower blood sugar, benefit heart health, protect the brain, promote digestion and gut health, fight infections, and protect your skin. Also, coriander is rich in immune-boosting antioxidants.

How To Add To Your Diet

Coriander leaves are amazing to use in soups, pasta, salads, smoothies, juices, gravies, curries, etc. Coriander seeds can be added to baked goods, vegetables, etc.