Cilantro, known as coriander when harvested for its seeds, is a resilient, short-lived annual herb that thrives in cooler temperatures. What sets cilantro apart is its ability to attract a diverse range of beneficial insects, including ladybirds, lacewings, hoverflies, parasitic wasps, tachinid flies, pirate bugs, and more. This makes it a valuable addition to your farm, as it not only provides fresh herbs and spices (both leaves and seeds) for your kitchen but also enhances the ecological balance by supporting pollinators and beneficial insects.
Furthermore, cilantro is a significant source of nectar and pollen for honeybees, bumblebees, and other bee species, contributing to the well-being of local pollinator populations. By planting cilantro or coriander, you not only enrich your culinary experiences but also create a more sustainable and biodiverse environment, keeping both pollinators, beneficial insects, and everyone gathered around your dinner table happy.