|Planted itself! And kept producing. Who wouldn’t love that?|
Yes, there are cilantro haters, in a biiiiig way. And there are cilantro lovers. Put me proudly in Group 2. I got that lovin’ feeling for cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) – not only in my food, but in my garden.
Because this pungent annual herb in the carrot family, so tasty in dishes from curry to guacamole, is one of the most eager of self-seeders. This year, it seeded itself in the leaf debris sitting on top of my asphalt driveway at the base of my veggie trough. And, though usually you need to sow a batch every couple of weeks for a constant supply, it gave me cilantro leaves all summer. That’s the very definition of determined and undemanding.
Plus, it made seeds for next year, too. It’s a green gift for lazy gardeners, and I appreciate every bite.