With spring at full swing, everything is blooming and bursting with life. One of the main reasons for why I love this season so much is an enormous number of plants which are at my disposal. Therefore, let me show you how to harvest cilantro since you will need it rather soon.
Of course, I’ll do my best to keep the article short and to the point. Since cilantro is best grown in spring, now is the ideal time to try and introduce it to your garden.
Spring is also a time when you need to choose lighter jobs, at least that’s what I do. Because of that, cilantro is ideal to introduce you into a more busy summer, and harvesting it won’t require a lot of tools.
One of the most important tools in garden overall are the shears. Those need to be sharp and clean. Dirty ones can spread several nasty diseases, and since you want to avoid this, it is clear why the tools have to be top-notch quality.
Also, to reduce the damage done to a plant, they have to be as sharp as possible. This is important because dull ones will rip plants rather than cut them, which increases the probability of rotting.
When Should Cilantro Be Harvested?
The answer to this question cannot be given precisely. Several factors will influence harvesting time, and let me present you the situations you might find yourself in.
-Indoors grown cilantro – can be harvested throughout the year. Just when you need it, pinch a few leaves, and toss them into the pot. Of course, if this is what you prefer, I don’t recommend you to have more than a few plants, since it will produce more leaves than you need.
-Outdoors grown cilantro – although there is a question of the cultivar here, I can say that somewhere about a couple of weeks after sowing you can expect the first harvest. Since you will continue to collect it throughout the year, it would be wise to supply it with some homemade fish emulsion after 4th or 5th harvest.
So, How To Harvest Cilantro?
If you have tools at the ready, the plants are growing nicely; you can consider harvesting. Of course, first, check to see that the leaves are fully developed and that there are enough of those.
The process itself is rather straightforward. Grab a few stems from the outer area of the plant, and cut them with shears or scissors above the ground level. If you prefer to use fresh cilantro, don’t cut a lot of it, just the amount you need.
If you wish to take more of the stems, you will have to be careful. That delicate balance between encouraging the plant to grow further and killing it entirely has to be struck, and because of that, take only about 1/3 of the leaves. The rest will keep the plant going.
Can I Preserve Cilantro?
Luckily, you can save some leaves for later, and doing so is super easy.
In general, cilantro can hold on his own for a few days when stored in the refrigerator. However, since I love it to stay fresh and crispy, I usually take a cup, fill it with water, and submerge cut parts in.
However, if you don’t do so, they will become a tad limp, which doesn’t mean that they can’t be used.
When it comes to storing for a more extended period, the procedure is the same as with chives. Take cilantro, wash it thoroughly, and chop it on a board with a sharp kitchen knife into several large pieces.
Don’t cut it too finely, since some recipes need it to be larger. Now just take a bag, put cilantro in and toss it into the freezer. It will lose some taste, but nothing drastic.
There is another way, so if you have a pack of butter, slowly warm it up until it becomes creamy. Now chop cilantro as fine as you can, and mix it into the butter. This way you will brighten up every breakfast you have.
So, here we are. Now you know how to harvest cilantro, so I believe that you will go ahead and include this amazing spice into your plans for this year. It is super easy to grow and maintain, and as you can see, harvesting it is a piece of cake.
If you have some exciting ways for this procedure, please let me know in the comment section below.