The grassy, earthy, slightly soapy flavor of cilatro complements drinks with tomato or tropical fruit bases. Rim a margarita or bloody Mary glass with finely chopped leaves mixed with sea salt and garnish each glass with a few sprigs. Some taste buds are averse to the flavor, so know your audience.
Grow it: Cilantro grows best in cooler temperatures, so planting time is best in early spring and late summer. Find a wide, bowl-shaped container at least 18 inches wide and 8 to 10 inches deep, and place your seedlings in full sun if you live up north and in partial shade if you live in a warmer climate.
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