I always seem to want cilantro the most when it is most difficult to grow, which is when the weather is the warmest. Anyone who has tried to grow cilantro in the summer knows that not long after it finally germinates it starts to bolt. This summer I've stumbled upon a method of growing cilantro in warm weather that may be able to meet my needs. I've started to sow it in clumps wherever I can find a sunny slice of soil in the garden. The southern edges of the beds seem to be a perfect spot. Here's a few clumps that I sowed a while back.
It's so easy to harvest cilantro when it is grown in a clump, just pull the entire thing. You can just cut the greens off and discard the roots, or with a bit more careful washing you can chop roots and all, the roots are tender and delicious when they are young.
It helps if you have a lot of seeds, 8 to 12 seeds per clump will deplete a typical packet of seeds pretty quickly. But fortunately it is so easy to save cilantro seeds, just let a few plants bolt and you'll never have to buy the seeds again. The added bonuses of attracting beneficial insects and collecting seeds as a spice should make it just about mandatory to find a spot to allow a few cilantro plants to bloom.
Now that the tomato and green chile pepper harvests are about to start in earnest here I might have enough cilantro for all the salsas and summery dishes that I love to enliven with its fresh flavor.