Chef's Pick Care Tips
Curry Plant Growing Tips
Site: Curry plant prefers to be planted in full sun in a sheltered area. It flowers prolifically in poor well-drained loamy soil. The curry plant is a tender perennial hardy to zone 8, but can be grown with protection in zone 6. Not suitable for growing indoors, but can be grown in pots outdoors.
Growing: Plant 12 inches apart. Prune lightly in early autumn or spring. In areas with light frost, curry plants may die back temporarily. Protect leaves with 5-inch sleeve of straw set between chicken wire. In areas where temperature drops below 22°F, bring curry plants indoors for winter protection.
Harvesting: Pick leaves anytime and gather flowers as they open.
Culinary Uses: The leaves can be used fresh or dried to give a subtle seasoning to soups or stews but there is no resemblance to the intensity of flavour derived from M.koenigii. The flowers, which are borne in umbels, can be used in the kitchen as an attractive garnish or they can be dried for winter arrangements.
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