How to prepare and grow organic coriander microgreens from seed:
- Soak the seeds for 8-12 hours.
- Rinse and drain the seeds well.
- Sprinkle the soaked seeds over a tray of compost and press down gently.
- It is advisable to use a micro biologically tested compost such as Klansman’s Peat Free Seed Compost to ensure there is no ecoli present.
- Cover the coriander seeds with a fine layer of compost.
- Keep the compost moist but don’t overdo it - coriander is very vulnerable to over-watering. You should see signs of germination after several days.
Using your coriander organic microgreens in the kitchen
Coriander microgreens have exactly the same taste as coriander proper! They also have the advantage of not running to seed as they never grow large enough. These lovely leaves make a fantastic garnish to any Asian dish and can pep up any salad – just don’t overdo it! Very good with guacamole or in salsa.
Coriander can be slow to get started, the seed taking a good while longer to germinate than other micro greens. This is partly due to the tough outer coating of the seeds, which prevents water from penetrating. Crush the seeds lightly so that they split in two (between fingers or with a very gentle tap in a mortar and pestle) and then soak overnight to speed up germination and improve success.
Coriander is also called Cilantro or Chinese parsley
Nutrition and health benefits of organic coriander microgreens:
- Coriander contains vitamins A, B, C and E
- Micro Coriander is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K. Vitamin K has a potential role in bone mass building by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones.
- Micro Coriander has 3 times more beta-carotene than mature coriander and is also high in lutein. These nutrients have been known to be beneficial for the skin and eyes
- Also contains Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Carotene, Chlorophyll, Amino Acids, Trace Elements
- Protein: 30-35%.