Cilantro NO!
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You all have nothing better to do than write about a food you don't like, are allergic to or disgusts you? I mean come on! Is there a website out there called "" or ""? I came across this site Googling for the health benefits of Cilantro, which by the way are many as Cilantro leaves are packed with anti oxidants. Cilantro is like any other herb used as condiment for food! I happen to love any dish with Cilantro in it as to me it makes it taste better. If you dislike cilantro then simply don't have it. But I guess you have to go the extra mile in this free country and make a blog about it. LOL! GO CILANTRO!!! I LOVE CILANTRO!!!!!

Raul Lopez \ Coral Springs, FL, United States
one day i was having sex with my hot ass boyfriend,Ira, and he accidentally got cilantro stuck in his throat and died. the end.
p.s. i hate cilantro

Erin Davilla \ Las Vegas, NV, United States
My mother-in-law HATES cilantro so I make sure I cook with it every time she visits! LMAO!!! :^)

21leftcenter \ Seattle, WA, United States

But really let's get to the story. I had gone to a party with some friends and it was more of an adult dinner party. They had some really delicious hor'dourves but some of them had the spawn of Satan that is cilantro. I promptly walked up to the host and asked about this wretched plant and why it was on this now ruined food. He seemed very displeased with me, yet wasn't frustrated. I decided I had enough of this nonsense, and climbed up on a table and gathered everyone's attention. I then took off my fedora so I could show off my sweet neck-beard and began my speech. It was very in-depth and passionate. The peasants looked at me with disgust, yet it was all worth it. I then got off of the table, tipped my fedora at the host, and walked away with one last word, "trolled". I'm so happy I could share my story about cilantro. Thank you for reading.

Miley \ Collars, KS, United States
My family and I were visiting Mexico for the first time. We went out to a nice restaurant and I saw my absolute favorite food on the menu: Scallops! It was just an appetizer and it wasn't real cheap, but I went for it. I wanted a real, authentic Mexican food experience with my favorite food in the world.

I didn't know at the time what it meant, and it wouldn't have mattered at the time anyway if I had, but what I ordered was Ceviche. I ended up getting 5 or so large scallops, cold, soaked in lemon juice and absolutely infused with cilantro. The taste was horrible, and although I love scallops, the texture was like little cold balls of cilantro fat. I was vaguely familiar with the cilantro flavor, but never like this, and I H-A-T-E-D it. I didn't want to be an ungrateful American and I made myself eat it. All.

From then till now (...20 years?) if I get ONE FLAKE of it in my mouth I can ... TASTE it. UHHHHH! Abhor the stuff.

Good news: I still looove scallops and lemon! :)

Kra \ Plano, TX, United States

I did not know much about this stuff until the last nine years, when the stinkbugs arrived en masse. I guess cilantro started becoming popular here about then. I was eating a mushroom dish at the Wegman's salad bar and I thought some stinkbugs must have gotten in the dish. I threw it away. I tried it again, several weeks later, and stinkbugs again. I was going to complain that stinkbugs must be getting in that dish, what's going on. Then I tasted cilantro somewhere else and finally realized what it was. I recently bought a new flavor of salad dressing, avocado ranch, a popular brand, and what do you know, stinkbug taste. In a creamy salad dressing! I did fill out a complaint form online with the salad dressing company asking that they mention cilantro on the label as a warning of stinkbug taste. It's Marzetti's Simply Dressed, Avocado Ranch. I really think laws for mandatory labeling need to be passed.

Gail \ Baltimore, MD, United States
The first time I had it was in a salad I ate as a kid while on vacation with my parents. I never made it to a third bite, it tasted like i'd swallowed something used to de-grease engines. I was nauseated, light headed, and finally had to excuse myself. Never made it back to my room, wound up retching in the bushes on the way back to the hotel building. Good thing it was dark.

The second time I had it was in a burrito many years later. I remembered that awful taste from my childhood and asked the buy behind the counter what that stuff was.

"Cilantro" he said. NOW I KNEW THE NAME OF MY ENEMY.

Alex \ Toronto, Canada
Rather than tell about my own first experiences with cilantro/coriander, as a language professional, I thought it might be a good idea to provide the word for cilantro and a phrase to the effect you don't want to eat anything that contains it in a whole lot of languages (especially those of countries where cilantro is a common ingredient). For the well known European languages I've used the native spelling. For more exotic languages written with different alphabets, I've given equivalents in English phonetics. Here goes:

In the UK and most English-speaking countries, the herb Americans call cilantro is called coriander, just the same as the seeds.

French: la coriandre; pas de coriandre s'il vous plaît means no cilantro, please.

Spanish: el cilantro; algo que no trae cilantro means something without cilantro.

Italian: il coriandolo; senza coriandolo means without cilantro.

Portuguese (the only cuisine in Europe that uses it regularly) o coentro (often pluralized to os coentros); sem coentro means without cilantro.

In most other European languages it's a name you will recognize as coriander. Polish is the exception.

Arabic: koozbara; leh koozbara means no coriander.

Russian: kariander, or sometimes known as kindzi, from Georgian.

Georgian: kindzi; kindzi ara means no cilantro.

Armenian: hamem

Turkish: kishnish

Hindi: thania (voiced th sound as in this or then)

Chinese: siang tsy; boo chuh siang tsy means I don't eat cilantro.

Thai/Laotian: pak chee

Malay/Indonesian: ketumbar

Vietnamese: mui; also ngo, but ngo ta is the seed. Toi kong an ngo means I don't eat cilantro.

Bon appétit!

Alasdair Thomson \ Antwerp, Belgium
Indian friends taught me how to make authentic curry. I had no problems with dried powdered coriander (dhanya). It
was when I grew herbs and spices that I discovered that the
coriander plant had an unbelievably nauseating smell; no I
didn't even try to taste it; just put it on the bonfire. I saw people on TV rhapsodizing over it. I couldn't understand
them. My Greek friends said it was named after 'o korios',
the bedbug, which apparently has the same smell. Perhaps
other people experience it differently; for me, it is definitely a no-no, ugh. I'm still O.K. with dhanya though.

V M Collins \ , United Kingdom
No big deal, I moved to New Mexico almost 3 years ago, and LOTS and LOTS of their recipes call for Cilantro aka ( Dirty Dishwater taste.) Do I drink dirty dish water on a regular basis? No, but that was the punishment for saying "dirty" words when I was a kid... SO I KNOW what dish water tastes like... Soapy.

Les Pheil \ Las Cruces, NM, United States

The first time I ate the devil herb I didn't understand how I could so quickly go from loving my local thai joint, to hating almost every meal on the menu. It tasted like a foul soap that had been farted out of the devils rectum, and infused itself with every piece of once-delicious thai food. It made me so upset, and I haven't been since. Coriander ruined my love for thai food :(

Bigal \ , United States
thanks so much for the cilantro on my scrambled eggs crappy brooklyn heights diner. if i wanted to taste fingernails down a chalkboard i wouldve takin acid. f-you

Dan \ Brooklyn, NY, United States
I love both Tex-Mex and Italian food. For the past 2 years I often would get physically ill after eating some dishes and the past six months or so I would wake up during the night violently ill when we had been to a certain Tex-Mex restaurant. The culprit is clearly cilantro or coriander.

Let me spare the details but last night was the worst. After being very sick and unable to sleep at all. This was not as bad as an experience with E-coli a few years ago but it certainly is close! There should be a requirement that restaurants list cilantro or coriander as ingredients.

James W Cobb \ Houston, TX, United States
I was probably in my early 20's when I first encountered cilantro. Never having been much of a fan of Mexican food (which tends to include an obscene amount of the vile poison), I hadn't ever eaten it before. However, despite my distaste for Mexican food (read: I don't like having diarrhea), I went out one night with some friends to our local Mexican joint and ordered what appeared to be the least offensive item on the menu.

The trouble started, however, with the first bite of the complimentary salsa and chips. There was a distinctly soapy tang to the salsa -- a tang so intense I thought for sure that some soap must have been spilled into the salsa before it was brought to us. A glance around the table, however, revealed that my companions were gleefully downing veritable buckets of the stuff. "Hmm," I thought, "perhaps it's just my bowl." I asked the server if she could please get me a clean bowl and, a little confused, she complied. This bowl of salsa, too, tasted distinctly, horribly of soap. In fact, the flavor was stronger this time around (presumably because the chef felt that he hadn't tormented his customers enough with the first batch, and added more of that most evil of plantlife).

I asked my friends if they noticed anything funny about the salsa, and they said no. I resigned myself to not eating it, and waited for my meal which, thankfully, did not taste like the scrapings of the soap dish in my shower. (It did, however, give me diarrhea, so there's that...)

Fast forward about three years of me always being the odd man out who didn't trust Mexican restaurants, and I meet the person who is now my best friend. As I related to her the story I just told you, her eyes grew wide and she said, with no small degree of relief "I thought I was the only one."

Joseph \ Interlochen, MI, United States
I notice everyone is saying Cilantro tastes like soap to them. Interesting. I have always thought it tastes like a HUGE mouthful of freshly mowed grass.

Now don't get me wrong. I love the smell of mowed grass, just not in my mouth. Then there's that horrible sharp sour after-tang that you just cannot get rid of. I have been known to actually try to wipe my tongue off with a napkin to try to get it to go away!

Thankfully, my hubby feels the same way I do, and my kids both hate Cilantro, too, so maybe it's inherited, like a super-taster. (I love broccoli tho)

I grew up in Texas in the 70's and 80's, and my Grandparents lived in New Mexico where I spent every summer, so I feel that I have pretty good grasp on what real authentic Mexican, and Tex-Mex should taste like. I never encountered the dreaded scourge of Cilantro until after I had married (1990) and moved to Florida, where it cropped up all over the place. I mean, you couldn't even get a freakin' taco without picking the stuff out of the meat or salsa. I had hoped that it was a fad, and would pass.

I live in Seattle now, and it's all over here, too, what with the Asian cuisine. When I go back home to Texas, I find it is everywhere there now, like an invasive species or noxious weed.

I find that I have had to resort to telling the white lie that I am allergic to it to try to get restaurants to prepare cilantro-free food. The worst thing is the guacamole. I am a guac addict, and it is so freakin hard to get EVERY little bit out of that.

Jennifer \ Seattle, WA, United States
I lived in Mexico when I was 6 to around 9. We lived in a nice neighborhood surrounded by thick concrete walls. Although some houses had grassy yards, the space in between the houses was wasteland. The waste land was a flat, sandy, expanse with cactus's growing every couple of meters. Some hot days, a horrible smell would come off of the wasteland, drifting over our wall and engulf the yard. Those days I would have to stay inside because the smell was unbearable. It wasn't until I moved to the US that I tried cilantro. The herb tastes exactly how the wasteland smelled. Both seemed to override my senses with the taste of death and decay. I tried to avoid it, but it wormed itself into all of my favorite foods. One day I even ate a pizza that was loaded with the stuff and had to pretend I suddenly wasn't hungry. Whenever I tell people this story hey think I'm crazy, only my brother understands, he made the exact same connection between the wasteland and cilantro. People think I'm a little bitch for not eating a small green leaf, but that seemingly innocent little leaf is fucking evil. Every time I taste it shudders run down my spine as I remember the tears shed as I longingly stared out of the window, wishing to be outside on the trampoline under a brilliant expanse of blue sky. Fuck you cilantro.

Dom \ , MI, United States
Why does EVERY type of restaurant use this disgusting herb in the most unlikely dish??? It doesn't have to be Mexican or's everywhere!!!! This crap tastes like soap to me and everywhere I go I have to ask if it's in anything I ordered. People look at me like I'm crazy and want to know if I am allergic. I say "would you eat something if it tasted like soap to you???" I have met a few people who feel the same way I do and it's nice to see a group of people who feel like I do. I did see several years ago that a group of scientists are studying a gene in people like me where it tastes like soap. Don't know what the point is to studying that because chefs are going to use it anyway. What makes them think that everyone loves this crap and they can use it in anything??? I won't eat at a Mexican restaurant if the salsa is full of it. Recently I bought some Hatch turkey burgers and sausage at Whole Foods and nowhere on the label did it say the "C" was all in there and I gagged the first bite. Grrrrrr.....I returned it. Ok I'm done now...for the time being.

Sherry Schult \ Austin, TX, United States
Man! I love cilantro

Cilantro Bob \ Detroit, Albania
In our home, cilantro was always called "wet dog" because it TASTED like the SMELL of our outdoor dog when he was getting a bath...disgusting. Now I realize it was the soapy, dirty, wet smell of the dog that is the flavor of Cilantro. So funny when we all get back together for holidays and cilantro is present at a meal, we giggle and remember those memories of years ago.

A few years ago, my son sent me a copy of a NY Times article explaining how 50% of people love cilantro and 50% of people hate cilantro. In fact, they were studying why this was so...hope someone has a link to it on this site.

Carole \ Manhattan Beach, CA, United States
I worked in produce while going to college. My idiot manager had no concept of inventory, and although we usually sold 2 cases of cilantro a week at most, he ordered 12 cases since it was on sale. 12 cases. I had really no problem with cilantro before this; I was sort of apathetic to it, i didn't like or hate it. So fast forward 2 weeks, and we now have 11 cases of spoiled cilantro which had all been stacked on top of each other btw. I was tasked with throwing them away, and if you think cilantro is bad on its own, rotten cilantro is a whole iteration worse. It's god awful smell is amplified several times, it was literally the only thing you could smell in the whole cooler. I had to hold my breath. Then it happened... as i was about to throw away the last case, my arm went straight thru the wet box and into liquified rotten cilantro. My arm was saturated up to my elbow with the horror.... I'm pretty sure I screamed like 12 yr old girl. It was all over my clothes... I immediately threw my shirt and apron away, and ran half naked to the wash sink and scrubbed my arm for like an hour, but the smell persisted for a day or two. /shudder. This was 12 years ago, I still remember it like yesterday. I can't even look at cilantro, let alone eat it. WHY MUST IT BE ON EVERYTHING?

Dustin \ Houston, TX, United States


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