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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:01 PM

Time for an easy poll! Cilantro (as in fresh coriander leaf) ....what do you think of it?

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I am posting this based on a really interesting watermelon salsa that my wife loves, but I thought she ruined because of the cilantro that she put into it.

Her quilting bee companions were similarly divided....

So, DU - Cilantro - yes or no?

Edited to add this results from a study -http://www.flavourjournal.com/content/1/1/8/abstract

Results

"The prevalence of dislike ranged from 3 to 21%. The proportion of subjects classified as disliking cilantro was 21% for East Asians, 17% for Caucasians, 14% for those of African descent, 7% for South Asians, 4% for Hispanics, and 3% for Middle Eastern subjects"

And what do you think it tastes/smells like?
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I love cilantro
13 (68%)
I hate/loathe cilantro
5 (26%)
No big reaction either way
1 (5%)
Other
0 (0%)
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Reply Time for an easy poll! Cilantro (as in fresh coriander leaf) ....what do you think of it? (Original post)
NRaleighLiberal Aug 2012 OP
NRaleighLiberal Aug 2012 #1
geardaddy Aug 2012 #3
NRaleighLiberal Aug 2012 #4
OriginalGeek Aug 2012 #13
Wait Wut Aug 2012 #20
valerief Aug 2012 #29
valerief Aug 2012 #30
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2012 #2
Auggie Aug 2012 #5
CBGLuthier Aug 2012 #6
Duer 157099 Aug 2012 #7
turtlerescue1 Aug 2012 #8
Kali Aug 2012 #24
Lucy Goosey Aug 2012 #9
seaglass Aug 2012 #10
4th law of robotics Aug 2012 #12
NRaleighLiberal Aug 2012 #19
kurtzapril4 Aug 2012 #46
valerief Aug 2012 #28
Phentex Aug 2012 #43
4th law of robotics Aug 2012 #11
Denninmi Aug 2012 #14
AnneD Aug 2012 #15
4th law of robotics Aug 2012 #21
AnneD Aug 2012 #22
4th law of robotics Aug 2012 #23
AnneD Aug 2012 #37
hifiguy Aug 2012 #16
Remmah2 Aug 2012 #17
Arugula Latte Aug 2012 #18
Kali Aug 2012 #25
NRaleighLiberal Aug 2012 #26
Quantess Aug 2012 #33
NRaleighLiberal Aug 2012 #35
valerief Aug 2012 #27
geardaddy Aug 2012 #31
ret5hd Aug 2012 #32
Scuba Aug 2012 #34
OneGrassRoot Aug 2012 #36
HopeHoops Aug 2012 #38
kwassa Aug 2012 #39
femmocrat Aug 2012 #40
EastTennesseeDem Aug 2012 #41
Arkansas Granny Aug 2012 #42
soccer1 Aug 2012 #44
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tjwmason Aug 2012 #47

Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:01 PM

1. I answered it first - to me, it smells/tastes like dirty dishwater.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:07 PM

3. This ^

Do you know there's a genetic predisposition to one's like/dislike of cilantro?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/dining/14curious.html

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:09 PM

4. exactly - hence my curiosity of the DU population....interested in the ratio

I don't expect to see much middle ground.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:11 PM

13. I think it tastes like soap too

yet I don't mind it in certain dishes...




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Response to geardaddy (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 04:19 PM

20. Yep. Tastes like soap.

So does beer.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #20)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:13 PM

29. I don't like cilantro or beer either. nt

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:14 PM

30. Yes! nt

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:07 PM

2. I really don't like it at all, so there's more for those folks who do!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:09 PM

5. Cilantro is a classic ingredient in salsa

I love it.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:11 PM

6. An essential ingredient in half the food I cook.

Lemony.

It is supposed to be a purely genetic thing. Some are wired to taste cilantro differently.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:17 PM

7. Thai food without cilantro wouldn't be the same

Same with salsa.

I've noticed that with some dishes, the cilantro is, for me, the critical ingredient.

So yeah, I like it a lot.

It tastes exactly like cilantro. Can't describe it any other way.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:27 PM

8. OH YES!

Pico de gallo:

Fresh: Tomatoes
Onion
Cilantro
and juice of a fresh squeezed lime.

Let its flavors blend- and even the pickies at church love it!
With chips, on salads, mex. dishes.

OHHHHHHH yeah. Personal favorite: TACOs.

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Response to turtlerescue1 (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:03 PM

24. you forgot jalepenos

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:30 PM

9. Does it taste like soap to others who don't like it?

I happen to love it, and I use it frequently.

A good friend of mine, though, says it tastes like soap. Exactly like soap, she insists.

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Response to Lucy Goosey (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:08 PM

12. Your friend suffers a tragic genetic defect

 

that prevents her from enjoying this delicious herb.

Sadly there is no cure.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98695984

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #12)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 04:10 PM

19. I realize I have the defect - am not concerned - plenty of other great things to enjoy!

I am a "sweet cole crop" taster - broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc taste sweet to me - that is another genetic problem - 1/3 or so of the country finds them too bitter to enjoy!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #19)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 09:01 PM

46. Really!

That is so interesting! I love cabbage and cauliflower. I don't care for broccoli. It's not the taste....it's the texture and the way those little buds get stuck between your teeth.

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Response to Lucy Goosey (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:12 PM

28. Yep, it tastes like soap to me, too. nt

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Response to Lucy Goosey (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:21 PM

43. Soap to me...

Very soapy. Ick!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:06 PM

11. Love it. Go through several bunches a week

 

indispensable for making mexican food and many indian dishes.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:16 PM

14. Love it now.

If you had asked me this 15 years ago, I would have said "hated it, tastes like soap or stink bug residue".

Now, I think it tastes and smells like .... wait for it .... CILANTRO! Shocking, huh?

Actually, it's a rather complex flavor and aroma, and there are earthy notes similar to cumin (not surprising, closely related), and citrus notes.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:21 PM

15. To my taste buds...

It tastes like cheap soap. I can tolerate it in small amounts, but most cooks in this region (Houston) seem to Believe a little is good so more must be better. I am forever picking out fists full from my food. Strain the stuff out puleeze. Ordering your food without it seems to be an exercise in futility but at least they don't garnish that stuff on my food anymore. I grew up with Mexican food (non cilantro) and hubby is Indian....so try as I might I have never acquired a taste for it. I am glad to hear there are others with the same reactions. Makes me feel a little less weird.

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Response to AnneD (Reply #15)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 04:37 PM

21. unsaturated aldahydes

 

That flavor stands out to some people and makes cilantro taste like soap. Others don't really taste it.

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #21)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:00 PM

22. There is another.....

thing that I can taste but most folks cannot that is genetic but I can't remember it. I am also very sensitive to umami, the so called fifth taste and actually crave it. I also have a very acute sense of smell when not adversely affected by our air quality.

The role that genetics plays on something like taste is a very interesting topic.

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Response to AnneD (Reply #22)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:03 PM

23. I agree

 

it implies that at some point in our evolution being able to taste or not taste certain things was an evolutionary advantage but not equally for all individuals.

It's really not clear why for a lot of these oddities.

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #23)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:54 PM

37. I have a lot of...

Native American in me and have several medical problems related to that but I also find that I have some gifts related to that too. I just go with the flow.

I think it is fascinating that they really aren't sure how taste and smell and the brain work together. I have know folks (through meds or traumas) that have lost their sense of smell and it affected their sense of taste. As we grow older these senses decline and become altered.

It is truly an area for research.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:24 PM

16. It's an interesting flavor that definitely doesn't work in everything.

Like Vietnamese fish sauce, it's best used as a flavor note, rather than the whole chord, where it gets pretty overpowering and obnoxious pretty fast. The soapiness can be pretty nasty when it is chucked willy-nilly into a dish.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:50 PM

17. Still growing my own.

 

SALSA!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 04:05 PM

18. Puree some and inject it into my veins!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:07 PM

25. like a LOT of things, I didn't like it when I was younger

but it is indispensable for much of my Mexican cooking now

posole or tortilla soup without cilantro? bleh

I can make a good salsa without it but with is almost always better

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:10 PM

26. We are tracking pretty much around what was found in this study -

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #26)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:40 PM

33. It doesn't taste like soap to me.

I like it.

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Response to Quantess (Reply #33)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:44 PM

35. check the data - 85-90% of people should like it...I am one of the 5-10% who don't

(as are others here who vote that they don't like it)

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:11 PM

27. Tastes like soap! nt

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:14 PM

31. I think it tastes like soap, but...

I can handle it in salsa and as a small...that's SMALL garnish on Indian food.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:35 PM

32. hate it. tastes like soap.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:41 PM

34. Yummy. Essential for guacamole, salsa and dozens of other dishes.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:47 PM

36. I'm seriously addicted. n/t

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:02 PM

38. We bought one cilantro plant about 8 years ago. We'll never be without it.

 

It reseaded and will continue to resead forever. It owns aobut 25 feet of our garage side rose area. We harvest more cilantro and it's seed (coriander) than we could possibly use, but it will never go away. We consider that a good thing. We grow tomatoes, onions, garlic, parsley, and adding cilantro completes the totally home-grown salsa.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:13 PM

39. Love it, had some tonight, in a veggie burrito.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:28 PM

40. It smells like stink bugs!

I never ate it, though.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:39 PM

41. Ew.

Ew.

Gross.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:14 PM

42. I don't like cilantro. If there is more than just a hint of cilantro in a dish,

that's all I can taste. It's flavor is just overpowering to me.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:49 PM

44. I dislike cilantro...tastes like waxy soap.....

Eww......I never eat it. I use parsley, instead.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:54 PM

45. Does anyone else find it odd that so many people here who know what soap tastes like?

Looks like we have a lot of potty mouths here. Did your mom wash your mouth out with soap for saying bad things?



(Yes, I am an admitted potty mouth. But, I developed mine when I was too big to have my mouth washed out with soap.)


I don't really care for cilantro. I can take it in small quantities, particularly in salsas and pico de gallo. In fact, I prefer those WITH it over those without. But, otherwise, bleech. I feel that way about cumin, too.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 07:20 AM

47. Another tastes of soap one here.

Absolutely foul stuff.

But when it's been cooked it's usually fine (i.e., as part of a recipe).

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