Delight in the freshest-of-the-fresh, cilantro microgreens with that unique flavor, unparalleled by any other herb. The intense flavor balances well with other strong-flavored ingredients, or kicks up the culinary experience when paired with mild-flavored dishes.
Botanical Name: Coriandrum sativum
Days to Maturity: 14–21 days
Native: Probably Africa, but in cultivation for so long that it cannot be verified.
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
Variety Information: The cilantro plant resembles flat parsley. Cilantro microgreens are best harvested and eaten when they have cotyledons and 1–2 true leaves.
When to Sow Outside: Not recommended. Microgreens are fragile, and outside soil makes them difficult to clean.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. Sow indoors any time of year. For a continual crop, sow every 7 to 14 days.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: ½”
Seed Spacing: ¼”–½”
Thinning: Not required
Harvesting: When seedlings emerge, the first pair of leaves to show are the cotyledons, which can look very different from the leaves that follow, called “true” leaves. Microgreens are ready to harvest when they have cotyledons, or when the first true leaves have begun to form, depending on preference. Cool growing temperatures may slow the expected amount of days to maturity. Using scissors, cut microgreens just above the soil line when you are ready to use them.