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So you don't like cilantro?

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Read an interesting article and I was surprised to see that many people describe cilantro (coriander to some) as tasting like soap. The first time I ever experience cilantro I was at least 21 and flew to Southern California to visit a friend that moved there. I reacted strongly against it, and told my friend SOMETHING on our food tastes like soap! I even broke into a sweat.

 

This article claims that it could very well be linked to genetics. However, I will say that after my encounter, I was more willing to experience it and now love it and do not experience any taste of soap. In fact I like it so much I've made pesto entirely of cilantro and it was a hit with friends. I couldn't imagine Mexican or Indian cuisine without this lovely herb.

 

So as the article says to those of you that taste soap, it's ok, it's genetic! Poor souls. biggrin.gif

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I'm one of those people who can't take the smell of cilantro though I never tasted soap.  What i taste is the smell of stink bugs.  If you've ever squashed a stink bug by mistake, you will smell cilantro.  I wish i liked it because it means there are a lot of cuisines i don;t enjoy simply because of the cilantro.  And unfortunately it resembles parsley too much and so it's not always obvious that it's in the food.  I've had it many times, and in dishes i've otherwise liked, but they were ruined for me by the taste of cilantro.  My mother could never stand clove, and i love it.  I imagine there are many flavors that really disturb some people.  She could pick clove out of any mix of spices, even when the clove was minimum, and it ruined it for her.  

 

There are other herbs i don;t particularly like but i don;t feel them disgusting, but cilantro yes.  Not soap though, stink bugs.  I tried looking up cilantro and stink bugs on google, and apparently there are a lot of people who think the two smells are similar. 

 

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I love cilantro so much, it's part of our weekly staple both at work and at home. I felt the same way about ginger when I first tasted it. I actually called the chinese take-out place and complained about it. Only years later did i realize that that "dishwashing  Joy soap" taste was ginger! lolol I felt so stupid, and SO sorry for those poor Chinese people, they must've thought I was crazy.gif . Now I LOVE ginger, and want to bathe in it. Wish I could turn it into some sort of body musk.

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post #4 of 10

I really like it, Karen doesn't.  So I don't get to put it in during cooking, but only sprinkle fresh on top of my portion of whatever.

 

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post #5 of 10

I remember thinking it tasted soapy the first couple of times I tasted it raw. Somehow I persisted and now I use it liberally both cooked and raw, sprinkled on top of things. I make a lot of Indian, Asian and Mexican food and luckily live in an area where it is dirt cheap. I often use a couple of bunches a week.

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It's one of those herbs you either love it or hate it. I used a lot of it this past weekend and just love it. Chopped up in Pho or in a tomato , cucumber and onion salad , oh my !

 

Much like going to your first opera. (love or hate)....I was a blithering mess with Puccini  'O Mio Babbino Caro'.

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It's one of those herbs you either love it or hate it. I used a lot of it this past weekend and just love it. Chopped up in Pho or in a tomato , cucumber and onion salad , oh my !

 

Much like going to your first opera. (love or hate)....I was a blithering mess with Puccini  'O Mio Babbino Caro'.


Hmm Petals.  I wonder if there's some connection.  I love music, but there are a few composers that not only do i not like but they actually bother me.  Puccini is one of them.  Funny.  I just can't hear the music in it and it's annoying!  So is there a link between cilantro and Puccini? 

It's too bad, too, my grandfather knew him because Puccini's family used to have a summer house near where my grandfather lived.

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post #8 of 10
I really like it!
But I do remember not being fond of it when I was a youngster. Maybe you get used to it when you get more exposed to it?

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 'O Mio Babbino Caro'.

You just made the hairs on my arms rise. I'm a sucker for Opera, and Callas' biggest fan.

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post #10 of 10

I don't really like cilantro.  I can tolerate it in guacamole but not if there is too much.  I generally avoid it when I can and tolerate it when I have to.  I can enjoy Puccini.

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