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Picking Cilantro

Posted by aightball NW Central Iowa (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 19, 07 at 19:01

My cilantro stick (the one with the name of the plant and other information) says to harvest at any time. I've never done this before, and don't know how to cut it so it keeps growing back. I'm searching the web, but not finding what I need to know. Any help?

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RE: Picking Cilantro

If it's anything like other herbs, harvest no more than 1/3 of the plant at any one time. Beyond that it doesn't really matter too terribly much, unless you are concerned with the plants appearance. I personally would harvest the older growth leaving the younger leaves to develop more flavor.


RE: Picking Cilantro

Harvest when the leaves are big and flat. If they go further, the second set of leaves tend to lack flavor and are thinner and more like a fern. Then flowers appear as they quickly bolt. I have never been able to harvest anything after cutting off all the leaves that look like flat leaf parsley. These do not seem to grow back again and will just go to the next stage.

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