I was really excited to learn that I had eager seeds waiting to be planted, just hiding the in the dark of my spice cabinet. Coriander seeds can be planted to become cilantro! Am I the last to know?
You brush away a little dirt and squish them in, barely covering them. Try to water every day for a few days, and then every three days or so. Not long after that: a contained sea of little green shoots! And a week after that, taller shoots, each harboring one delicate leaf with that signature cilantro ruffle.
“Look at the little green plants,” I croon to my infant daughter, when we pass by. Soon they may be those strangely yellowed and leggy plants I see in garden shops, but if a window box full saves me from throwing away at least a few half-eaten half-rotten bundles from the grocery store, it will be a certain success.
Rachael is the author of the blog Erstwhile & Dear, and is based in Boston.