My Winter Garden - Part Three
Another great edible herb in my garden is Perpetual (Sawtooth) Coriander (Eryngium foetidum). It's also called Thai Coriander, or Pointed Cilantro, Cilentro, Culantro, Thorny Coriander, Ngo Gai, Mexican Coriander, Phak Chee Farang, Daunketumbar Jawa, Chinese Coriander, and Long Leafed Coriander.
The smell and taste is very similar to regular coriander. Apparently sawtooth coriander leaves have good potential for drying as it does retain flavour whereas the annual coriander does not keep its flavour when dried.
Also I heard that it will also grow well in shade conditions. I may try to plant some in the perpetually shaded part of my back yard. This species has been used in Indo-Chinese folklore medicine for a variety of ailments, from upper respiratory complaints to gastric upsets. I chop the leaves and throw them into anything that would normally benefit from fresh coriander.
Sawtooth Coriander suits me just fine. My experience with regular coriander, at least in my garden, is that it's 'high maintenance'. Perpetual coriander just seems to 'keep on keeping-on' with no attention. I do recommend it.