Coriander (cilantro) is now the top selling herb in Britain.
25 percent (a quarter) of all fresh herb sales are now for coriander (cilantro), a remarkable achievement seeing that the herb has only been on sale in supermarkets for 20 years. The second placed herb is basil, with 19 percent of sales.
The reason for this boom in coriander sales is the seemingly insatiable appetite for curries in the UK.
Coriander (cilantro) is used in lots of Indian curry dishes including curries, soups and breads with fresh coriander (cilantro) being chopped up and either put into the food whilst it is cooking or sprinkled over the food as a tasty garnish when it is served.
The herb has been grown commercially all over Britain for more than 30 years and packets of seeds started to appear in supermarkets about 10 years ago. It isn’t hard to grow coriander but it needs a bit more attention than just throwing a few seeds into a pot and watering it.
But you don’t need to grow your own coriander (cilantro) – you can just buy it from your supermarket or local Indian supply shop. All you need to do is wash the coriander (cilantro) , finely chop it up and then sprinkle it on your favourite curry just before you eat it. Most people only use the leaf part of the plant but some use the whole plant. Why not give it a try and see what you think?