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Published May 22nd 2013
Delicious coriander


I love the convenience and self satisfaction of popping out to my backyard and picking some fresh basil, thyme or mint. But to my great frustration, and one shared amongst many home herb growers, is that I can't grow my most used herb; coriander.

The reasons are numerous, but basically coriander is a 'bolter' meaning that it's eager to flower and set seed so before you know it, your young coriander plant has prematurely reached old age.

I'm continually on the hunt for coriander that's fresh, leafy and not terrifyingly expensive.

So where is the best place to buy coriander?

Colesworths?

The giant duopoly of Colesworths is probably the most expensive place to buy coriander. At $2.95 a bunch, it had unnecessary packaging, a lot of stalk and only a little leaf. It wasn't even displayed correctly. How much profit is Colesworths making?

Overpriced, underwhelming and mislabelled coriander at Woolworths


Your nearest gourmet grocer?

I popped in to Thomas Dux at Surry Hills and was surprised to see coriander for sale for only $2.48. It looked reasonable quality and not bad for a premium grocer store, but far from being the cheapest.

Your local farmers market?

I strolled through my local farmers market at Warwick Farm with the assumption that there would be some lovely looking premium organic coriander at some ridiculously preposterous price. I was disappointed that there was nothing advertised as 'organic', just your run of the mill looking coriander direct from the farmers fields in greater western Sydney. One stall sold small loose bunches for $1.70 while another has them for sale for $1.50. I think the farmers are doing well selling at this price, bless their coriander picking hearts, but is it any fresher, tastier and healthier than cheaper coriander?

Pay the grower direct at farmers markets


Your local no-frills green grocer?

Most of my local green grocers all seem to sell a variety of herbs for around 99 cents. The quality is normally excellent and it seems good value for a decent bunch of coriander.

Not bad for 99 cents but not the best


And the winner is:

Your local Asian Grocer

My reliable Vietnamese grocer in Moore Street Liverpool sells leafy bunches of coriander for 50 to 60 cents. Why would I go anywhere else? When I tell the owner that they have the cheapest coriander in town, she smiles and has a little chuckle, but the price remains the same.

So there you have it coriander connoisseurs, don't get lazy, get even. The big supermarkets are relying on your laziness so they can rip you off on what they like you to think is a luxury herb. Give them the flick and support your local small store or at the very least local farmers.

If you have a favourite 'cheapie' coriander outlet or the best place to buy organic coriander, share it with your Weekendnotes pals.

No fancy displays for 60 cent coriander
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Likewise Asian grocers in Chatswood sell herbs for usually well under $1/bunch, and their bunches are much bigger than those in supermarkets. (Same goes for other foodstuffs that particular communities use in bulk - soy sauce, Chinese tea, Asian greens).
by lisacc (score: 0|4) 1434 days ago
Asian grocer, cnr Belmore Rd and Killara Ave, Riverwood
by Tracey (score: 0|2) 1433 days ago
I'm another unsuccessful coriander grower. Luckily for me Madame Hoo's Asian Grocery in Castle Towers Shopping Centre (Castle Hill) sells coriander and other herbs for $1.00 a bunch.
by Janmi (score: 0|2) 1432 days ago
Does anyone know a good asian store in parramatta or near? I need lemongrass, coriander, kaffir leaves etc. Please help.
by Roli Kapoor Rodhan (score: 1|17) 1429 days ago
I'm new to Sydney - can someone tell me the nearest Asian grocer to Surry Hills?
by jthor (score: 0|2) 1429 days ago

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