Sunday, November 25, 2012

Seeds for the pantry

corriander seeds

corriander seeds

corriander seeds

Seeds are one of the many rewards of gardening, and I find quite often that they are simply beautiful. These coriander seeds will stored for future planting and eating. They smell while I picked them was beautiful. I could perhaps have left them to dry a little longer before harvesting them, but I was excited, I had two occupied children, and I have learnt to strike while the iron is hot. They are drying spread out on a baking tray instead.

I've long had in mind a pantry full of seeds, herbal teas, dried mixed herbs and spices collected from the garden. With each season that passes this is slowly becoming a reality.

I'm looking forward to making this Moroccan-style spice rub.
Do you harvest seeds and herbs from the garden for your pantry?
Do you cook with coriander seeds?
Do you have any recipe suggestions?

8 comments:

  1. We have a range of herbs in our patch but I look forward to harvesting their seeds to! You got o love coriander! :)

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  2. A couple of weekends ago we collected all the coriander seeds... and then left them outside for only a few minutes - but in that time a huge gust of wind blew them all over the place... so next year we're expecting to find lots of coriander plants in lots of strange places!

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  3. What a lovely idea! I don't think I've seen those seed pods before... must be heirloom I guess? Just wonderful - I love your pantry dream :) Kx

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  4. Oh wow, they look fantastic, one of the best herbs in the world. There's a lot of seeds there! Did you plant a lot of coriander to start with? I've made this recipe before (lots of ingredients but worth it). http://toastedspecial.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/jamie-oliver-peters-lamb-curry-recipe/

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  5. Herbs are the only thing I seem to keep alive in the garden so I look forward to harvesting their seeds.
    x

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  6. I've never harvested coriander seeds, I've only ever grown them for their leaves. Sounds like something I must try. (:

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  7. i am so glad you posted these pictures- i'm letting my coriander go to seed now, but realised i have no idea what they look like! this will be my very first excercise in seed saving. hey, we should start a seed swap! have a sweet week. :)sarah

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  8. I just harvested my dried coriander seeds this week too - although not as many as you. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow, flower and set seeds, as well as using their leaves in cooking. I planted a few of the seeds two weeks ago and they have germinated already.

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