Do you know what this is?
So this summer, when I went a little crazy with the cilantro, I had a decision to make when it started going to seed. I figured that coriander is good in the occasional Indian dish, and apparently is really nice as a spice used in baked things. So, I let my cilantro bolt and waited patiently for the little seeds to form and slowly turn beige. (Despite the summer’s heat, that beige-ing was a very slow process, by the way.)
Still, the little seeds obliged and transformed, and I harvested them, one plant at a time as they became ready, and hung them upside-down in a paper bag like all the books say to do. That part was easy. Letting them sit there for a month to dry out? Easy. Separating those little seeds from the stems, stalks and teensy little plant bits? Pain in the ass.
The photo above shows less than half of the coriander I harvested, possibly less than a third, the rest still being hung up in the cupboard. When I saw how much filtering and sorting I’d need to do for the first little group I’d pulled out, I’d decided to multi-stage this task. I’m putting off the rest in the hopes that they’ll dry out even more (?) and just fall off or something.
What? That’s realistic, isn’t it?