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.
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...
- Cilantro bolting at Gardening Know How
- Harvesting Cilantro at Backyard Vegetable Gardening
- A better way to grow cilantro at Sunset Magazine
All the careful tending will be worth it for all the deliciousness you can make with it...
- El Torito Cilantro & Pepita Salad Dressing at Food.com
- Cilantro Lime Rice at Martha Stewart
- Cilantro Pesto at Simply Recipes
- another Cilantro Pesto this one from Real Simple
- Pan Seared Salmon with Pumpkin Seed Cilantro Pesto from Bon Appetit
...and of course lets not forget about salsa (like that's even possible!)...
- Fresh Salsa from Foodie Relations
- Restaurant Style Salsa from Pioneer Woman
- Pico de Gallo at Sweet Life
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. . .