This is a quick, easy to grow herb with pungent leaves cropping in only 6 weeks. It is essential for adding to curries, salsa and a host of hot and spicy dishes, as well as injecting life into cool salads. It is a decorative herb for the border thanks to its finely cut foliage, or as a pot plant on the windowsill.
Sow the seed direct outdoors from April to July in light, well-drained, fertile soil, which has been raked to a fine tilth. Choose a position in full sun. Sow seed thinly at a depth of 1cm in rows 30cm apart. When large enough to handle, thin seedlings to 23cm apart. Make regular sowings for a constant supply. It can also be sown in late summer for winter use, with cloche protection and full light for quality foliage production.