There is no food containing cilantro that is fit to eat.
Do people in your family hate cilantro, too? Who?
If cilantro were a historical malevolent dictator, who would it be? Why?
My cilantro story, first experience, recent anecdote, rant, etc...
Cilantro is the leaf of Coriandrum sativum, one of the worlds oldest herbs/spices. The ripened seed is called coriander—at least in the U.S.A. In England, they often call the leaf fresh coriander while the seed is simply referred to as coriander.
For years the smell of cilantro reminded me of the small shield shaped green stink bugs in the garden. Imagine how pleased I am to know that coriander is named because the smell of the leaves and green seeds smell like a crushed bedbug. It seems that even the name for coriander is derived from the Greek koris meaning bedbug. Now to be very honest, I have never eaten a stink bug, but because that is what cilantro smells like to me, I imagine that cilantro tastes like a stink bug. Maybe it actually tastes like a bedbug, but I don’t intend to eat one of those either.
Unfortunately, my mother was fond of Mexican food and liked to put cilantro in it, especially soups. Neither my father nor I can tolerate it. I once ate at a fancy Houston restaurant and ran into cilantro about 1/3 of the way through the entrée. When I taste the stuff my appetite goes away—it poisons the palate as far as I am concerned. I complained and the chef came out to assure me there wasn’t any in the dish. I knew better and told him. He became quite belligerent and told me I didn’t know what I was talking about. I stopped arguing and sent the dish back with the chef. I never went back.
Now I inquire about the presence of cilantro in food. Usually the waiter doesn’t understand how important this is until I say to him “Listen to me. If there is cilantro in that food, I’m not just sending it back, I’m throwing it at you, plate and all.” That usually does it and if they don’t know for sure then they go ask.
I rarely run into it now as a result. I am still surprised, however, in restaurants because it shows up in things that one would not suspect would have cilantro in it. Of course I suspect that it is because they don’t taste the
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