If cilantro were a historical malevolent dictator, who would it be? Why?
My cilantro story, first experience, recent anecdote, rant, etc...
I believe the first time I had cilantro was in a salsa at a Mexican restaurant. The salsa was okay at first, but it had an awful lavender-soap aftertaste that just got worse and worse! I identified the culprit later on, I believe at another Mexican restaurant. It didn't make me sick, but it sure didn't taste good, either.
Years later, I made some dramatic changes to my diet, in the interest of improving my overall health. The diet plan I was on was supposed to reduced inflammation and help the body detoxify. After several months on the diet, I encountered cilantro again. This time, however, there was only a hint of the lavender soap taste I experienced before. I had also learned that cilantro is often used in naturalistic health applications to assist in detoxification. With that information, my own experience, and the conflicting reports of how cilantro tastes from different people all in my mind, I hypothesized that when cilantro has an unpleasant taste, what is actually being tasted is whatever toxins your body has stored: that the cilantro draws the toxins out so that you smell and taste them. (Of course, that's just a theory...)
With that thought in mind, I started eating cilantro regularly in an effort to continue the detox that my diet began. The more I ate it, the more the nasty soapy taste diminished. Now I can enjoy the flavor of cilantro as it should be experienced!