Have you ever had that cilantro conversation with friends? It starts off with things being lovely and friendly and then turns tense real fast. See, there are two types of people-those that passionately hate cilantro and those that passionately love cilantro. I for one am a cilantro lover. I could stuff my face in it. I could have it in my dessert. Its seriously the best herb ever and I just cannot understand how someone can not love it so.
Cilantro haters, on the other hand, are so passionate about hating cilantro, that they have websites and Facebook pages dedicated to having cilantro banned. It wasn’t until I knee deep into the cooking world and having food discussions with friends that I was exposed to the strong animosity some might have towards cilantro. I never got it. How could you not like cilantro? What gives?
According to this New York Times article, it is in their genes! To some people, cilantro actually tastes like soap. This is the way they are genetically disposed to processing the flavor. Isn’t that crazy? I called up some of my cilantro-hating friends and they said that is exactly how it tastes to them. So, wow, this completely changes the argument here. However, according to this article, there is hope! If one gets used to eating it, it can become an acquired taste.
So what do you guys think? Do you like cilantro or hate it? Does it taste soapy to you? I would love to hear your thoughts.
P.S. One person who famously hated cilantro is Julia Child. My heart if officially broken