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06 September 2006 @ 11:13 pm
Cilantro is EVIL!  
I discovered something new about myself this past weekend: I hate cilantro. That is not an exaggeration. I loath that horrible excuse for an herb.

Andrew and I decided to try a Mexican restaurant we had never been to before, and when the cashier asked if we wanted cilantro on our chicken tacos, we said "Sure, why not?" Little did I know. . . I tried to take off all of the stuff from my tacos, but it's so damn pervasive and the scent/taste was infused into the entire thing. I felt really bad wasting otherwise good tacos, but I honestly could not force myself to eat them. Earlier in the week I brought in a microwaveable organic Mexican Tamale Pie for lunch at work. It looked good judging from the picture and the ingredients. Corn, crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce, beans, zucchini - where could it go wrong? I'm not a big fan of zucchini, but it's not like it has a strong, overpowering flavor so I was okay with eating something that contained it. However, once I took it out of the microwave it smelled really unpleasant. I thought perhaps the heat had melted some of the plastic container. I tried it anyway, and it was so nasty I could only tolerate a few bites. At the time I didn't know why it was so damned horrible, but after visiting that Mexican restaurant it dawned on me: it must have contained cilantro.

According to a Wikipedia article, my distaste (that word is definitely an understatement) may actually be in my blood, so to speak: "The leaves have a very different taste from the seeds, similar to parsley but 'juicier' and with citrus-like overtones. Some people instead perceive an unpleasant 'soapy' taste and/or a rank smell. This taste is believed to be a genetic trait, but has yet to be fully researched."

Apparently, I am not the only one who feels so strongly. Believe it or not there exists a www.ihatecilantro.com and I entirely sympathize with the horror stories related there. Honestly, I would rather chug down cough syrup and munch on non-chewable Tylenol than ever eat cilantro again.
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mad_megan on September 7th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
Me too, me too! I've always thought it tasted like soap, and Andy thinks I'm crazy! He loves it. He worked at a Qdoba restaurant for a while, and they put cilantro in everything, including the rice, so you can't get away from it. I don't like it one little bit.

We took a test long ago in anthropology by putting a little litmus strip on our tongues. Those of us who tasted something raised our hands. I'd say about 1/4 of the class raised their hands. The rest of them tasted nothing. The paper was treated with that exact chemical that we taste in cilantro and it occurs in varying degrees in other green things. For some people who are really sensitive, most green vegetables are disgusting to eat. My friend Amy has been diagnosed as a "super taster" who is particularly sensitive to certain chemicals in certain foods which makes them unpalatable to her.

The tongue is an interesting organ. :P
{to await from the stars}sphinxmuse on September 7th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to know I'm not crazy and that others also have such strong reactions to the stuff.

My Andrew said that he didn't particularly like cilantro, but he seemed to be able to tolerate it. I, on the other hand, just couldn't handle it period. I wonder if he had a sympathy dislike of it (i.e. he "disliked" it because I reacted so badly to it) rather than an actual aversion.
Mymybloui on September 7th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
I have the soapy-taste problem too, which is really sad because I love the taste of the seeds and when I try to grow some cilantro.... yurk !!!

I tried the litmus strip and didn't taste it, so I'm wondering if I can get over the cilantro problem, I really would love to enjoy it :(
{to await from the stars}sphinxmuse on September 7th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
I wish it was something I could get over too simply because I've read that a lot of Mexican and Indian food incorporates it, and I like to try new foods. Unfortunately, it makes me so nauseous that I highly doubt I would be able to tolerate it.