Monday, May 15, 2017

Coriander/Cilantro Herb of the Year 2017

The herb of the year for 2017 is Cilantro/Coriander. Two different flavors on the same plant. It is like a BOGO - buy one, get one free. The leaf of the herb is called  Cilantro and is sometimes referred to as Mexican Parsley. It is the very distinctive taste found in fresh made salsa. It seems to be one of those flavors that you either love or hate. 
The seeds of the annual cilantro plant are referred to as Coriander. Coriander, either ground or seeds, is commonly used in baking and frequently found in Middle Eastern and Indian dishes. It has almost a spicy/lemony flavor.

As part of National Herb Week (which is the week leading up to Mother's Day) Susanna hosts a seeing-tasting-touching garden tour where we discuss the herbs in our garden. Following the tour, guests enjoy a sampling of some refreshments featuring the Herb of the Year prepared by Nancy. Depending upon the weather, either hot tea or iced tea is served. This year, a pleasant evening for a garden tour, once inside the tea room we enjoyed hot tea.

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