Have you ever heard that cilantro can taste soapy to some people?

@schulzie (4061)
United States
January 27, 2013 11:59pm CST
I was watching a cooking show today and they mentioned not to put too much cilantro on top of a dish because they said it could taste "soapy". To me, cilantro tastes fresh and citrus. I use it in a lot of my Mexican dishes when I cook. However, I looked it up and supposedly there's a genetic trait that makes cilantro taste like soap or ground metal shavings to some people. Can you believe that? So, what does cilantro taste like to you? Does it taste yummy and like a fresh herb? Or are you one of these unlucky people that it tastes like soap or metal? Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
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@AmbiePam (83368)
• United States
28 Jan 13
I do not like cilantro at all. My sister and I were actually talking about it last week when we ate lunch together. She had some on her plate and asked me why I didn't. I told her I didn't like it. To me, cilantro tastes bitter. And I have had cilantro several places so it's not like I tried it once at one place and didn't like it. I just can't get to where I like the taste.
@much2say (53227)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Jan 13
Just curious, does the smell of it turn you off? With my kids, if I pluck off a leaf of cilantro at the store, they just refuse to be near it. I assume people who don't care for the taste do not care for the smell of it either. Somehow the fragrance of cilantro just makes my mouth water and I get hungry (but I happen to love cilantro).
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@AmbiePam (83368)
• United States
29 Jan 13
No, the smell of it doesn't bother me at all.
@ChiVirgo (31)
• Paris, Tennessee
31 Jan 13
I have a friend who swears that indeed, cilantro tastes soapy. I'm on the fence, personally. It DOES have a taste, but I personally can't really say what it is. It's like...er...my tastebuds agree with it, there's a distinct taste that's a bit off-putting, but it's tolerable. So I either just eat it or pick it off. Actually, I think it tastes kinda watery and...plant-like. Kinda hard to explain, lol!
@much2say (53227)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Jan 13
I LOVE cilantro!! Wow, I never heard it being described as soapy (how do these people know what soap tastes like - ha ha). And ground metal shavings? I can't really describe the taste of it in words - it doesn't really taste like any other herb I can think of - I just know I love it. I guess the flavor can be strong - but I absolutely love it. My hubby now tolerates it, but the kids don't quite like it (yet). If given the chance, I put TONS of it on whatever I eat. I put loads of it on taco salad (I love pico de gallo with tons tons tons of fresh cilantro in it) or Chinese chicken salad - but only on my portion. Apparently it's an herb one either likes or hates.
@911Ricki (13588)
• Canada
30 Jan 13
It tastes soapy to me most of the time. I grew some in the summer for my rabbit and guinea pigs. I had some plain, and in some recipes and it did taste soapy.
@mariaperalta (19073)
• Mexico
28 Jan 13
not me, we mexicans eat cilantro almost everyday here. Wonder why yours tasted like that....
@hereandthere (45671)
• Philippines
28 Jan 13
i honestly don't know if i've tasted or smelled it before, but fresh or powdered herbs are beginning to be appreciated here. in my family, we really like basil and my mother was able to grow them. i know she was able to grow rosemary also (which we also like) but i think it didn't survive long enough. i remember my sister cooking something using a tangine she brought home. i liked the taste but there was a strong scent to it. i think it was paprika. another time, vegetarian aunt came over and taught my mother to make these soft chewy dessert wrapped in clear plastic. it looked like pastillas de leche (milk candy) so i eagerly popped one into my mouth. it didn't smell good. i think my aunt put cardamon in it. no one else ate it because of the smell.