Monday, June 27, 2011

Cilantro

You can all it cilantro or coriander, but I call it the devil's herb.  I'm one of those people who absolutely detest it.  Ran across an article where they talked about it and said that people either love it or hate it, and both my husband and I hate it.
The article said that to many people it has a soapy taste, but to me it tastes like what I imagine a basement would taste like.
When Julia Child was questioned about cilantro she said she hated it, that it hat a dead taste to it and she'd pick it out of anything she found it in and throw it on the floor.    I agree.  I've learned to avoid most  salsa,  pico de gallo, and most other Mexican foods because they're full of it.      And unfortunately it's showing up in more and more foods, it seems to be the herb de jour.  If I'm using a recipe that calls for it I just ignore it.
The Oxford Companion to Food  says that  the word "coriander" is derived for the Greek word for bedbug and that the aroma of of cilantro  " has been compared with the smell of bug-infested bedclothes".  I don't know what bedbugs smell like but I definitely don't like the smell of cilantro.
Mac and I are  not alone in out hatred of this plant,  I've discovered a Facebook page called I Hate Cilantro  and a blog "I Hate Cilantro" both dedicated to the destruction of this noxious herb.
The article I read said that we can learn to overcome our reaction to cilantro by learning to associate it with pleasant experiences, but I don't want to,  there's nothing pleasant about it and it's going to stay  on my don't eat list along with liver, snails, brains, chicken feet, frog's legs and sow belly.

4 comments:

  1. Oh dear. I'm sorry to say that I'm a fan of coriander. How about dried coriander which is used a lot in Indian cooking? Do you feel the same about that?

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  2. Yes, in all its forms, which might explain why I'm not a big fan of Indian food. I'm such a picky eater.

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  3. Had a bit of a chuckle over this. I know some folks don't care for cilantro, but "bedbug" smell---well, guess I've not encountered that, at least not knowingly.
    A Mexican friend guided our taste in good Mexican food--I like cilantro , but don't think any herb or flavor should over-power the dish.

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  4. We are one on each side of the fence - DH hates it and I love it:)

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