The most divisive Herb Coriander Planting

Story: The most divisive Herb Coriander Planting
Episode: Episode 7
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Air Date: 20th March 2022

When it comes to flavours, few are as divisive as Coriander or Cilantro. Some love it; some hate it.

  • There’s a genetic reason as to why some hate the taste of cilantro. These people have a variation in a group of olfactory-receptor genes that allows them to strongly perceive the soapy-flavored aldehydes found in cilantro leaves.
  • Studies showing that nearly 20% of the population experiences soapy-tasting cilantro. But interestingly repeated consumption of Coriander in small amounts will see you suddenly change to love it.
  • Coriander originates from higher, cooler regions in mountainous china. It has been used all over the world for 2000 years.
  • Coriander prefers more relaxed conditions, as its best time to grow is in winter. However, in Summer look out for the No Bolt varieties.
  • The plant's name is Coriander, and the foliage is called Cilantro.
  • This plant is best grown in cooler conditions and in a pot.
  • For a different variety, try Saw Tooth Coriander. The flavour is the same, but it's better suited to hotter drier conditions, so ideal for an environment like Perth.