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Our Expert Says Letting Your Cilantro Bolt Has Some Major Benefits
Allowing your cilantro plants to bolt, which means letting them flower and go to seed, offers significant benefits for both local ecosystems and your culinary pursuits.
As cilantro bolts, it produces delicate white flowers that serve as an essential early food source for a variety of pollinators, including native bees and swallowtail butterflies.
Although the leaves may lose some flavor after the plant bolts, the flowers provide a mild cilantro taste and make an attractive garnish for salads and other dishes.
Moreover, the bolting process results in the production of coriander seeds, which are valuable both as a spice and for replanting in your herb garden, promoting sustainability.