Cilantro is the Spanish word for the leaves of the coriander plant (it’s also sometimes called Chinese parsley). It’s used the world over under different names, so I grew up being forced to eat it occasionally. Believe me, I wish I could like it. It’s IN everything–my favorite Mexican food, my favorite Thai food, my favorite slaw at Firebird Rocky Mountain Grill. And it’s good for you, too.
But sadly, it tastes like bug spray to me. And I’m not alone. Turns out it tastes like soap or chemicals to a bunch of us (some studies have said as many as 15% of the population). I’m not making this up–according to this article about Cilantro Aversion, there may even be a genetic basis for it.
I don’t know if there is or not, but I don’t like it, and I’m happy to report that I’m not alone. Call us the Cilantro Haters. There’s even a website named I Hate Cilantro! I’ve been there. More than once.
According to the article, however, you can learn to like it by eating cilantro pesto (huh?). I choose not to go down that path. Besides, I tolerate it already; I just prefer to have it left out of what I’m eating. I also don’t like wasabi (mentioned in the article) and horseradish, two other pungent foods often disliked by cilantro haters. I hate mayo, but that’s not related to my genes. It’s just a food preference. And I do NOT tolerate mayo in anything, as some of my friends can tell you.
So what do you hate in your food? Does cilantro taste like soap or chemicals to you? And why is it that cilantro lovers feel this need to push it on the rest of us?
Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of a whole bunch of historical romance novels for Pocket Books and Avon Books, as well as a caffeine addict, Third Culture Kid, chocoholic, and jigsaw puzzle aficionado. Before writing as SJ, she wrote 8 historicals as Deborah Martin (now being revised and re-released) and 3 contemporary paranormal romantic suspense novels as Deborah Nicholas. Her 24th SJ book, WHAT THE DUKE DESIRES, will be out in June, and her first revised Deborah Martin re-release, BY LOVE UNVEILED, is out now!
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