Vietnamese Coriander

Let’s face it, Coriander (also known as Cilantro) can be hard to grow in Perth conditions. It will bolt at the first sign of warm weather and dislikes full sun. So I also grow Vietnamese Coriander (also called Vietnamese Mint or Laksa Leaf) as a substitute herb and also a prized ingredient in its own right.

Taste/Aroma:

Heavily reminiscent of true Coriander but with a peppery bite. Just like true coriander, people either love or loath the taste. It goes well sprinkled on asian salads such as PK’s Thai Beef Salad or in soups and curries.

Flower:

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Plant:

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Harvesting Months:

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June

Planting/Care:

Watering twice a week (less in winter) is all that is required. It is a very hardy herb and tolerates full sun to part shade and even boggy soils. It looks a bit like mint in the way it creeps out but it doesn’t send out troublesome runners and a quick prune is all that is needed to contain it.

Cuttings can be taken and will easily propagate in a dish of water (thanks Eira Clapton for the tip).

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