Ewww, you going to eat THAT?

@ElicBxn (62397)
United States
April 15, 2010 5:55pm CST
There's an herb that there seems to be only 2 reactions to. You love it and can't get enough. Or, you HATE it and will pull it out of food and "throw it on the floor" - to quote Julia Child. What is it? Cilantro. Now, I'm not going to say I loath it that much, but I also can't say I really like it. If I can, I will pull it off of food after actually eating it for some time I finally decided that I really didn't like it very much. And this article can tell you why you might not like it... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/dining/14curious.html?partner=rss&emc=rss So, are you a lover or hater of cilantro?
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@cupkitties (7432)
• United States
16 Apr 10
I'm not either a hater or lover. I haven't ever tasted Cilantro on its own. My favorite herb to put on food is sage and I love the smell of it.
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
16 Apr 10
Oh...sage...yes, it's a divine taste. Pretty flowers & foliage, too. In its own way, it smells as wonderful as cinnamon or ginger...or frankincense. Snnnniiiiiffff...AHHHHH... My Grandma used to make the most wonderful turkey stuffing with it, onions, & cornbread, & other spices. In Texas it's just too hot to bake, so I came up with a way to make it on top of the stove, & it's almost as good! Well, it's the best I'll get this side of Heaven, anyway--'til I see Grandma again! Maggiepie "IF EVEN HIS wife NOW ADMITS HE'S KENYAN, why is OBAMA STILL IN OFFICE?"
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@bellis716 (4801)
• United States
16 Apr 10
I like cilantro. I've always thought of it as Mexican parsley.
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
16 Apr 10
I've always assumed they were cousins, & called it "parsley with an attitude." They are similar in appearance--though parsley's leaves are crinkly, & cilantro's foliage is flat-leaved, but it's a mystery how even a blind person could get them confused, if they have a nose; cilantro is very pungent! Yet I always take care to check since the time a stocker of produce at one store confused the two! A word re parsley before I go, though. The "Galloping Gourmet" used to plug fresh parsley in foods, saying it was not just some pretty but tasteless greenery that sits next to things to add color to the plate, but in fact a great flavor enhancer. Instead of tossing it out, eat it, he said! Intrigued, I tried it, & wowzers was he ever right! I love it in baked potatoes; it just sparkles on the tongue! If you've never tried it, try it! Yes, it's true that eating too much will cause hallucinations, but you'd have to eat enough to choke a horse even to get a daydream... Try new stuff! Your taste buds will cry with joy! Maggiepie "IF EVEN HIS wife NOW ADMITS HE'S KENYAN, why is OBAMA STILL IN OFFICE?"
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@pyewacket (43958)
• United States
15 Apr 10
Well I don't exactly hate cilantro, but not a fan of it either. Just has a weird taste to me. I used to do a lot of Mexican cooking and recipes would always call for it, instead I would substitute parsley which I don't mind
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@ElicBxn (62397)
• United States
16 Apr 10
I'd just probably omit it myself. of course, I don't exactly cook Mexican food either....
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@smileonstar (4011)
• United States
15 Apr 10
HI, I haven't check out the web site yet but cilantro is my favorite and what wrong with it. well, I always over load herb in my soup or food... lolz. if it already in the food then I have to eat it ;)
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@ElicBxn (62397)
• United States
16 Apr 10
I have to say that the article says some people just love the stuff - I'm not one of them.
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@GardenGerty (145168)
• United States
16 Apr 10
I guess I never really thought about it but it seems like foods that have cilantro in it. So I do not pick it out or throw it on the floor. I like almost all kinds of herbs and spices. I would not throw it on the floor.
@barehugs (8980)
• Canada
16 Apr 10
In the winter months we live in the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas USA. The RGV is an 80,000 acre plain, the soil of which, has been deposited over thousands of years by the flooding Rio Grande River. This flat land is very fertile, and each year it produces one crop of citrus fruit, and 2 crops of vegetables. Cilantro is grown in large acreages, and is hand picked by Latino laborers, and shipped all across America. As Canadians, we didn't know the Cilantro flavor until we began to winter in south Texas. We have grown to love it, and there is usually a bunch of fresh cilantro on the kitchen counter, to we have it in salads, and soups when we are at home in Texas.
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@ElicBxn (62397)
• United States
16 Apr 10
While I have only been to the Valley once in my life, I have been a Texan most of my life and I have friends who live in or are from the Valley. Hey - if you take I-35, maybe you could stop in Austin sometime...
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@dawnald (84802)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Apr 10
If it's very, very mild in a food, I can tolerate it, and sometimes even like it, depending on the food. If it's a strong cilantro taste, I don't like it.
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@ElicBxn (62397)
• United States
16 Apr 10
yeah - I just got to the point where I finally said - ENOUGH! and quit eating it if I could
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• Canada
16 Apr 10
I love cilantro. It adds a really interesting flavour to a lot of dishes. My husband cooks a lot of Mexican food, and he uses cilantro, a lot. When we lived in Arizona, we had one of those Aerogro gardens, and we used to grow the stuff. It was really great to have the stuff right in the house when we wanted to use it.
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
16 Apr 10
Well...mayhap you recall my first experience with the weed...t'was at that wonderful Church dinner, withe the lovely lady from Guatemala, Benelda, who cooked all that marvelous Guatemalan food (you of course had to forgo the delicious roasted--in the ground, in the shuck--ears of corn, being allergic...). Among other great dishes, she'd prepared some beans with cilantro in them. Of course I had some, & I found the taste very...peculiar? Interesting, new? Say what you will, but I wasn't certain if I liked or disliked it! That's odd in the 1st place; I'd never had any food affect me that way. Most puzzling. A few minutes after consuming it, I was hit with an anvil of a headache, one of those where light hurts. Sound hurts. Heck, my hair hurt. I jumped to the conclusion that this new herb had caused it, & swore never to do it again please make it stop Mommy I promise pleeeeeeze...! Eventually I recovered, naturally, but I went for nearly a year before I ran into cilantro again. I balked, but for some reason (maybe I was trying to be polite to the cook, or more likely, I was giving it a second try) possibly because (A) I wanted to experiment & see if the brain-ache really had been the fault of Benelda's greenery, or another reason, or (B), I believe everyone deserves a second chance, just to be nice. There's even a 3rd possibility, (C) science has learned that our taste buds change, along with every molecule in our body, & we're constantly cycling. None of us are who we were 7 years ago! Really! So it's a good idea to try something you used to loathe, as your body may have gone into a new phase, & you could very well love what you once despised! Or the other way 'round... I've had this happen to me. It's why I now crave coffee & Parmesan cheese, & can't stand Kool-Aid now. "Never Say Never" isn't just a James Bond title.... Whatever the case, I discovered I absolutely couldn't get enough of the stuff! Now I stick it in lots of things (when I can afford it), It's like, insert needle into this vein, please. Pump hard; it's a bit lumpy.... I'm sure glad I gave it that second chance. Let's hear it for flexible thinking! Maggiepie "IF EVEN HIS wife NOW ADMITS HE'S KENYAN, why is OBAMA STILL IN OFFICE?"
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@Hatley (163988)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Apr 10
hi ElicBxn Its not so much that I dislike cilantro as i sort of like the flavor but it causes an allergic reaction in me if I try to eat it my throat swells and I literally can barely breathe so I do not eat it at all as it is deadly for me. the first time I ate it a half hour later my mouth my lips and throat were closing and I had to be rushed to an ER for an antihistamine at once, they gave me a shot of something, and first my throat opened up then I could breathe normally, scared silly so now I just make sure nothing has cilantro in it at all. even the scent makes me breathe funny. I am the same way with monosodium glutamate too so always ask in a Chinese restaurant if they have it in their food.
• United States
16 Apr 10
i'm not sure that i've ever had it. i'd be willing to try it at least once though.
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@cerebellum (3869)
• United States
16 Apr 10
I don't think I have ever had cilantro. I have seen it listed in recipies I have never made. If I had ever had it I would probably have a strong opinion about it so I have to assume I never have. From the article it doesn't sound very good, and I probably wouldn't like it.
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@BarBaraPrz (36850)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 Apr 10
I don't think I've ever had it.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
16 Apr 10
I don't mind cilantro, but it depends on what I'm using it on. It does have a nice minty, lemony flavor that lends itself well to many Spanish recipes. If it's a more delicate flavored recipe, I sometimes substitute parsley, or if it's in season, well-chopped water cress. Both have excellent health benefits, including aiding in digestion...probably why it's included with many spicy foods. Do you perhaps not like coriander? Cilantro is the leaves to the same plant.
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@ElicBxn (62397)
• United States
16 Apr 10
I don't taste "mint" in cilantro, I just taste - well - cilantro. I have decided that I really don't care for it, but I ate it quite a few times before I finally decided I wasn't going to eat it any more - I mean, my life it too short to eat something I really DON'T like!
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
17 Apr 10
That's true! You didn't say if you liked parley, does that work as a substitute for you? Truthfully, many time when cooking, I've forgotten to add them into whatever the dish is. So far, no one has ever noticed. Now, if you forgot the chocolate chips in chocolate chip cookies, EVERYONE would notice, huh?
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@ElicBxn (62397)
• United States
17 Apr 10
I don't mind parsley nearly as much, but even then there's a point of no return with that - but because it becomes bitter - after all, it is a "bitter herb"
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@Lakota12 (42605)
• United States
13 May 10
I like the taste of it and eat it on any mexican food that has it on there
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@ElicBxn (62397)
• United States
13 May 10
I don't mind it too much with Mexican food, but I object to it on Chinese...
@Lakota12 (42605)
• United States
13 May 10
I know its not a CHinese food or herb.
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@writersedge (22574)
• United States
17 Apr 10
When it's in Mexican or Middle Eastern food, I don't know it's there and I'm fine with it. When I try to do anything with it, that's all I taste and I don't care for it. So I guess if it's part of a symphony, like one player in an orchestra, I don't even know it's there and it's fine. By itself, it's pretty strong to me. So I guess probably won't be growing it any time soon. It's neat to watch grow, though. Parsley is what I'm not crazy about in Taboulli. Do not like taboulli. Take care.
@ElicBxn (62397)
• United States
17 Apr 10
I really like tabbouleh, but my favorite place puts TOOO much parsley in it so I do have that single issue with the place.
@writersedge (22574)
• United States
6 Oct 11
When I've eaten it anywhere, it's 50% parsley. What do you think the percentage is? Thank you for best response, too.
• India
12 Jan 11
Hi Elic I think i am a hater, no wonder most hate it. I don't like its flavor and think no body will eat cilantro alone as food or vegetable because of its very strong, kind of peculiar flavor, it can be used in small quantity to enhance flavor in items like salsa. Thank you so much for the link. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. . Cheers have a lucky day ahead.
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@ElicBxn (62397)
• United States
12 Jan 11
yeah, I can see it in a salsa - well, I don't eat salsa either, so they can put as much as they want in it. today is cat box day!
@dragon54u (31620)
• United States
18 Apr 10
I don't like cilantro in a lot of dishes but it is delicious in salsa and I also have a recipe for pasta that calls for coriander and is out of this world! In fact, a friend of mine sent me some cilantro seeds and I plan to grow and dry quite a bit of it this summer. I like it in a lot of dishes.
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@ElicBxn (62397)
• United States
19 Apr 10
I just had to say, one day, after eating it for years, "why am I eating this? I really don't like it" did the same thing with bananas and grapefruit too
@SViswan (12055)
• India
18 Apr 10
I'm Indian...though I liked the aroma of cilantro..I didn't like to eat it (when I was growing up). If I found cilantro in a dish, I would take it out and throw it away. But I acquired a taste for it after I was married...probably because I had no choice besides picking it out of almost each and every dish. My husband loves cilantro and I use it for almost every dish that I cook. Now, I love it.
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@ElicBxn (62397)
• United States
19 Apr 10
I have to say I like the scent a bit better than the actual taste, but now they associate for me and I won't eat it any more.
@gabs8513 (48702)
• United Kingdom
17 Apr 10
Hi Elic, I am not sure I have ever tasted it or seen it to be honest if I have then I do not know about it lol so I can not say whether I like it or not
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@ElicBxn (62397)
• United States
17 Apr 10
Probably not, it apparently fell out of favor in European dishes several centuries ago, and now you mostly find it in other dishes - I personally pick it off my Chinese food.