Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dr. Franken-Cilantro, I Presume?

My Cilantro Bolted :(
My cilantro bolted. Actually, it is currently bolting. What does it even mean, to bolt? It sounds like something in Dr. Frankenstein's notes: 
...don't forget bolting: Add contact points to monster [sides of neck?] for attachment of jumper cables; crucial for next phase in reanimation of creature. Bwah-ha-ha-hah!
"It's Ali---ive!!!"
In this instance however, it describes what happens to cilantro plants when their roots notice that the soil has reached 70°F. If you've ever had your cilantro bolt on you, you'll know what I'm talking about. If not, I'll let you in on what happens at that magical 70°F point... the plant decides that the time is right for making seeds, shoots up with a staggering amount of growth, bursts into pretty little blossoms, followed by round green seed pods.

It happens fast. It happens dramatically. You're happily snipping some cilantro here, some there. A salad dressing one week, maybe a marinade or quesadillas the next, and then...BAM! By the time you realize what's happened... it's too late to warn the villagers.

So... I guess the whole creating-a-monster analogy actually does apply here after all.

However, unlike Frankenstein's monster, once the cilantro bolts, it's done. Finished. Over with. There's no cutting it back to encourage more leaf-growth, so don't even bother. Just sit back and enjoy the pretty flowers and the shiny green seed pods. They really are quite lovely.

Then go out and get a new cilantro plant, read up about it's care and needs, and try, try, again! Here are some tips for the next time...
All the careful tending will be worth it for all the deliciousness you can make with it...
...and of course lets not forget about salsa (like that's even possible!)...
But wait! Don't pull up that old bolted cilantro plant just yet! 
There's still some life left in that old monster after all. . . come back later and find out more. . .
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  1. Mmmmm... salmon with cilantro pesto! yum!

    1. I know, right? Makes me hungry just reading about it! :P

  2. who knew plants could bolt? Thanks for sharing :)

    1. So true! I've been learning a LOT about what they can (or won't) do!


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