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Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 2:01 a.m. PST

I was about to tick 'Never heard of it' but googled it to see what it was and found that in the UK it is normally refereed to as 'Coriander' and my daughter grows it so I eat it regularly and think that it's OK, Nothing special.


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Oct 2017 5:58 a.m. PST

I love cilantro on rice in Mexican cooking. grin

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 7:00 a.m. PST

Love it but like many seasonings best used with moderation

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 8:38 a.m. PST

Even small amounts in food, that's all I can taste and it tastes horrible.

I'm with Julia Childs regarding the place of cilantro in the kitchen:
"It tastes like dirt and it belongs on the floor!"

Gokiburi13 Oct 2017 8:44 a.m. PST

I'm a bit weird in that I can taste some of what people hate in it (it tastes strongly of soap), but I still like it.
I'll even eat a stalk or two when I give it to my guinea pig (who loves the stuff).

The Beast Rampant13 Oct 2017 9:41 a.m. PST

+1 MiniMo.

Lawn clippings soaked in dish detergent.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 9:47 a.m. PST

Did Julia Child say that? That's hilarious!

[Edit – I looked it up. Close enough. Funny how I thought this debate was a new one. Not so.]

Cyrus the Great13 Oct 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

Well… if you like eating soap.

dandiggler13 Oct 2017 12:03 p.m. PST

Tastes just like dish soap.

SeattleGamer Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

It's not really a matter of moderation. It has to do with taste sensors. Most people can taste a variety of the flavors in cilantro, and so it is a blend, and thus, fine (in most cases).

But some lack a certain taste sense, and for those people, they only get a strong sense of soap or dirt.

I brought home a great salsa recently. I checked the ingredients at the store, and no cilantro, so picked some up. No little flakes of green in it at all. My girlfriend had one tip of a chip dipped in it, nibbled off the tip, and told me "There's cilantro in there."

"No way!" says I, since I checked. I checked again, and the very last ingredient was cilantro. Like I said, not even a visible flake of green in the salsa, but she could taste soap.

As an aside, I've had some DNA testing done of myself and her daughter, and both of our reports said we should have no issues with cilantro (and we do not). So mother has an issue, but not her daughter.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2017 4:05 p.m. PST

It doesn't taste like dirt to me. I usually describe the flavor as what coconut would taste like if coconut tasted like binturong fewmets.


Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2017 11:16 a.m. PST

Strange. I've never heard anyone express any strong opinions on coriander before. Or even discuss it!

Maybe I just move in lowbrow circles…

KSmyth15 Oct 2017 7:58 a.m. PST

Cilantro is amazing. Fresh. Super in any kind of Mexican food, in salads. Chop it up, the smell is mood-brightening.

Dried cilantro or coriander is a snore. Gotta be fresh. It's cheap, less than a buck a bunch. Buy a new one every day . . . er week.

mandt215 Oct 2017 7:54 p.m. PST

Interesting question. It smells and tastes differently to different people.


To me it smells like a used, damp dishrag that's been left in the sink overnight.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2017 7:02 a.m. PST

Dried coriander does not trigger the genetic tastes-awful button.

If I walk through the produce aisle at the supermarket when they've just misted the cilantro, I gag on the smell.

jefritrout16 Oct 2017 1:08 p.m. PST

I like Cilantro, but my wife and her sister both absolutely hate the stuff. This means that anything with Cilantro in it is MINE, ALL MINE.

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