Perennial Coriander is also known as Saw Tooth or Saw Leaf Coriander, Long Coriander, Mexican Coriander and Cilantro. It originates from Central America – the Caribbean islands, Puerto Rico and Mexico and is cultivated throughout Southeast Asia and Latin America. The leaves of perennial Coriander are long with a serrated edge. It flowers profusely especially during summer, the prickly flower heads should be regularly pruned from the plant, this encourages the leaves to grow.
Perennial Coriander likes good drainage. It will tolerate hot humid summers where common Coriander will bolt to seed quickly.
The prickly seed head can be made into a spicy paste. Put seed head into blender or processor with chilli, ginger, garlic and sesame oil or vegetable oil and whiz until smooth. Store in fridge. Use to flavour curries and stir fries or spread on sandwiches or biscuits with cheese. The paste can also be stirred through chopped chicken for a delicious sandwich fill. Use a leaf tea for diarrhea, flu, fevers, vomiting, diabetes and constipation. A root poultice can be used as a tissue regenerator. In India the root is used to soothe stomach pains.
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