Harvesting

Harvesting 2

You can grow coriander for leaves or seeds.

Growing coriander for green leaves

Cooking coriander

Coriander green leaves take 1 to 1 and a half months to mature.

  • When growing for green leaves, make several cuts during the growing season.
  • The first harvest should be done when the plants are about half foot high (10­-15 cm).
  • This will encourage growth of more tillers/ lateral buds. You need to do 4­-5 cuts during the growing season for green herb. This will give you an average yield of 2.8-4 tonnes per acre.
  • You can chop the green leaves and cook with meals.

Growing coriander for seeds

Coriander seeds

Seeds takes 3-­4 months to mature.

  • When the flowers have dried, gently cut down the stems and dry in a clean tarpaulin for 2-3 days.
  • Finally thresh and winnow to get the clean coriander seeds.
  • If well managed, you can harvest 480 – 680 kg of seeds per acre.
  • Always harvest early in the morning or late in the evening to reduce losses due to shattering.
  • This is then processed to get mixed spices and curry powder.