KZN is running out of Dhania... and we're not okay!

KZN is running out of Dhania... and we're not okay!

Our favourite spice is almost done here and we don’t know what to do! 

Coriander shortage Stacey and J Sbu

Coriander, commonly known around Durban as "Dhania" and also known as cilantro, is a herb that is produced from a coriander plant and used extensively with regards to cooking. 

Whether you’re a lover or a hater of coriander/cilantro/dhania, we know how essential it is to so many dishes - especially Durban's delicious curries.

It was shocking when this habitually used spice was proven to be in short supply. 

Click here to view its current status.

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If you’re anything like the Drive team, either you're a lover or an extreme lover of coriander, but even if you're not, that tangy edition that you brush to the side is in high demand.

Dhania originated in Italy but is today cultivated widely in the Netherlands, Central and Eastern Europe (Russia and Hungary), the Mediterranean, North Africa, China, India, and Bangladesh.

It is assumed that the Russia-Ukraine conflict could be causing this shortage or potentially an issue in transportation. No source has confirmed the origin of the shortage as yet.


Many users have taken to social platforms to try to understand what's going on. 

Coriander can be grown in full sun and well-drained soil.

The issue comes into play as a majority of the fertilisers we get come from Russia and other European countries.

Since there is a shortage, the demand has increased, thus causing a decrease in supply. 

The farmers' prices are going up and so is the cost.

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Coriander shortage

It is confirmed that the wholesale price has increased by 48.09%. 

In worry of a complete shortage, many South African's have been trying to find ways to combat this problem.

Some has been sharing videos on how to grow coriander without any soil. Watch below:

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That's what's currently going on with your favourite spice, we hope we don't have to resort to the extreme methods of making it in a bucket of buying super expensive bunches. 

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