Cilantro NO!
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Consider therapy. I'm off to get tacos.

Paul \ Enchanted Broccoli F, WA, United States
Cilantro is the bane of my existence... Ever since the day I was born, I knew that I could never enjoy the devil's seasoning. I never felt truly accepted in society, I was an outcast, a weird cilantro hater. But finally, I have found somewhere where I belong, thank the lord, this is my family.

Anna \ Washington, DC, United States
Bless you all! I thought I was alone in my hatred of this vile weed!
I used to get delicious quesadillas from a resturant near my house. Then one day it tasted horrible...same cook, same ingredients. Then the cook told me they changed salsa brands. I couldn't get any cilantro free salsa either!
I'm convinced this is why the resturant went under (good riddance).
To me it tastes just like ragweed smells, it's awful!
I didn't realize there were so many people without taste buds.
I believe I'm a "super taster" anyone else think they are and do you think the loathing of this noxious weed is related?

Herbhater \ , United States

The past few years of my life have possibly been the most distraught. It all started in my Sophomore year in High School. My grandmother died early on in the school year and something her and my mother used to do is watch the "Food Network". Since her passing, my mother would watch that channel from the time she got off work until she went to bed. Granted about a month later, she cut down dramatically and started back into her normal routine. Although, when I believed she was becoming normal again, slowly she got worse.
She would watch these chefs cook and imitate their recipes. Hell, there was a week that she got interested in Paula Deen and I retreated to my best friend's house in fear of the Stroke inducing recipes she would make me taste. Over time, she got better and her cooking was splendid.
That is, until she discovered... cilantro.
The night that I discovered my burning hatred for the green demon, my mother had decided to cook a grilled chicken meal with vegetables and white lemon rice. It sounded sooooooo good. I couldn't wait to dig in. I tried the rice, delighted in it's wonder, and begun on the vegetables. Then, was the final test. I cut a piece of the chicken off and put it in my mouth. The taste was great for a second, but then "it" kicked in. I thought my tongue was going to fall off.
For the longest time, I thought food was the peak of stress relief, but tasting what seemed to be a cross between chicken and a bar of soap, my dreams were shattered.
Ever since, I have devoted myself to criticizing restaurants that use cilantro when they cook and buying $10 of it when I go to the market to burn. I, personally, will not rest peacefully until that foul herb is extinct.

Vespers Keith \ Kingsport, TN, United States
All I have to say is the fresco menu at Taco Bell is FILLED with cilantro. Can't stand it!

Caitlin \ Leesburg, FL, United States

When I was 19 I went to Costa Rica with my friend. We went to a very poor little town in the south near the Panamanian boarder where his stepdad was from. The first night we ate at his uncles bar/restaurant/home. I ordered some kind of seafood pasta. It came out in this massive bowl filled with all types of yummy shrimp, fish, scallops, mussels, and other various seafood all for like $5. So I took my first bite and it was rancid. I looked over at my buddy and told him I didn't like it, something was wrong. He gave me this huge lecture about how poor it was and how I couldn't waste my food. I forced about two or three bites down then went outside and puked. Days later at his mom's house they made shrimp civiche. It also tasted horrible, but when I asked what was in it there was only three ingredients: shrimp, lime, and CILANTRO!!! Mystery solved. Since then I can't eat at a restaurant that uses it. I even tell them I'm allergic and they always fuck it up and get it in my food somehow. You'd think making a living on tips they'd be more careful. Nope! I don't even have to eat it. I can smell it from across the room if it's in something. And they'll even try and say, no that's just Chinese parsley... Same thing dip shit... Now days it seems like they're putting that horrid ingredient and everything. It must be stopped!!!

Jay Russel \ Honolulu, HI, United States
On our wedding day 26 years ago, my new bride and I went to a fancy Mexican restaurant at the fancy resort hotel where we were going to spend our honeymoon. As is typical for a Mexican restaurant, we were presented with a bowl of chips and cup of salsa to begin the meal. Being preoccupied with the events and pending events of the day, I didn't really pay much attention to what I was eating but I distinctly remember the salsa having an odd flavor that I had never encountered before. My bride and I discussed it and were told by the waiter (named Sayton) it contained a new ingredient called "cilantro." Since I am a very polite and considerate person, I did not complain about the odd flavor imparted to the salsa by this new ingredient. The one thing I regret most that I learned (often under great duress) from my (mostly) angelic mother was to eat what is put in front of you even if it is just to be polite. To be fair, I'm sure my (mostly) angelic mother had no idea that her well-intentioned lesson in being socially graceful could ever have such disastrous consequences. Now, a tiny bit of additional background is appropriate at this point; I have an iron stomach. I can eat anything and thrive and I proved this over and over by spending a couple of years in Cajun country in the swamps of Louisiana. I ate food that was so spicy it could only be cooked in a pot once before the pot was ruined. I ate food that "hadn't been on the side of the road last week" so it was deemed fresh food. Anyway, I ate the chips and salsa and gradually became aware of a uneasy sense of doom. Sure enough, as the evenings festivities headed toward their expected peak, the cilantro hit me full force. My new bride seemed unfazed by the shared meal and it was only I who spent the next day and a half in the bathroom. Alone. Not impressing my new bride at all. Hitting very high levels of too-much-information waaaay too soon in the marriage. My relationship with Cilantro only went downhill from there as I've unexpectedly encountered it since then. Now when I order anything from a restaurant I always ask if there is cilantro in it.

VJones \ Salt Lake City, UT, United States
I visited a bar after work on a Friday night, a place that I usually step by for a "cold beverage." I ordered a cold mug of beer and the barkeep ordered out for a pizza for happy hour snacks.

She ordered a large cilantro pizza with extra sauce. No cheese or other toppings, just cilantro.

I knew about the evil cilantro from other encounters, but when that pizza arrived it looked like potpourri topping.

It smelled so back I left my mug of beer and fled.

Cilantro Hater \ Austin, United States
I used to eat all kinds of ethnic foods, but no more. Cilantro has ben added to many of my favorite dishes and I hate it! It really angers me when a waitress say, "I love cilantro, " after I state that I don't want it in any of my food because I can't stand it. There are people who like liver too. How would these cilantro livers like liver added to their favorite foods. There should be restaurants designated as cilantro-free zones.

Denise Grover \ , United States
So that is what you call those leaves that they mistake x parsley.
Well yrs. ago I was sold cilandro x parsley too ! and when I went home and cooked oh, my it was disgusting !! How can anyone be selling cilandro x parsley. They call parsley the Italian herb and Cilandro the other herb... but the grocery store people will tell you that it is the S A M E. oh no it's not the same.
Disgusting. I've learned my lesson and am very, very careful when i buy parsley. Ah, the wonderful and beautiful smell of PARSLEY. !!

Maria Teresa Toto \ Morin Heights, Canada

I first tasted cilantro in Vietnam in 1970. They used to like to put it in soup. At that time, I had no idea what it was. I figured that I had just gotten hold of some bad food -- in Vietnam, you were never sure exactly what you were eating.

I came home and did not encounter the disgusting substance again for about 15 years -- until the mid-80s. I was no stranger to Mexican food, having spend a good bit of time in Texas. But I had never tasted the vile weed in Mexican food. Apparently, some trendy (no doubt Californian) cook figured it would taste good in Mexican food, and somehow it caught on. One owner of a so-called Mexican restaurant even had the nerve to tell me it was traditional in Mexican food, which I knew not to be true.

Now, the old dishwater-tasting toxin is everywhere. Strangely, my wife and my children not only tolerate it, but delight in eating the poison. However, they know very well my aversion to the demonic leaf, and they are aware that it (and its kissing-cousin, coriander) are banned in my household. I am especially careful eating salsa in so-called Mexican restaurants, as it is a favorite object of cilantro pollution. Some places, I avoid altogether, such as Moe's Burritos, as they place enough cilantro in their menu offerings to choke a mule.

Dan \ Tampa, FL, United States
The year was 1979 and I was 17, my friend's Mexican wife made salsa for burritos and it was the most amazing Mexican food I'd ever eaten. I grew up in L.A., and was no stranger to Mexican cuisine, but I'd never had cilantro before, I would have remembered. From then on, I was addicted. I didn't realize that there were people who absolutely could not stand cilantro until I met my wife--who HATES it. Over the years I've happily mucked down cilantro-tainted burritos and tacos that she wouldn't touch. But it's also meant that we rarely do Thai or Mexican. Interestingly, my daughter loves the stuff and my son hates it.

Jim Dennis \ Baltimore, MD, United States
I was raised in a family of people who love cilantro. I avoid it like the plague. My entire life my mother has made special dishes for me without cilantro and even when she cooks with it the very smell makes me queasy. I love salsa and guacamole but only without cilantro. I have to make a big deal about cilantro in Indian, Thai and Mexican restaurants because they seem to be obsessed with the stuff.

One time I went to an Indian restaurant with an Indian friend who specifically requested no cilantro and they handed me the food and I could taste the cilantro in it so I sent it back and the chef refused to prepare it without cilantro because it would ruin the dish or something like that. He finally complied and I have to say, it was delicious without the cilantro. The bite with cilantro that I had made me feel like I was licking the bottom of a cat litter pan it was so vile.

Steph \ NYC, NY, United States
I've eaten at several really good Latin/Mexican restaurants and everything was peachy except in every salad I tasted I kept getting waves of a disgusting acrid flavor. I passed it off as just a spice I didn't like for a while, but one day I couldn't take it anymore and I asked someone what it was. They had lived in San Diego in the past and so, packed with a lot of experience with the stinkbug-flavored plant, said it was probably cilantro.

For some reason I wanted to verify it was cilantro that I was tasting and so today I went out and bought some cilantro for a dollar. First the stench overwhelmed me. I should have known to go no further. Then I stupidly shoved a few leaves in my mouth, tasted them for a second, then violently spit them out into a bowl. When I was picking the spit-infused leaves out of the bowl to throw them in the garbage where they belong, my hands were shaking wildly and my whole body was shivering.

I actually think I now have a literal fear of cilantro. The taste is so bad it is impossible to put into words, the smell isn't much better, and now I have the noxious weed in my refrigerator.

I consider my cilantro experience to be one of the worst mistakes I've ever made.

Nathan \ Pittsburgh, PA, United States
About 3 years ago my now fiance took me to get quesadillas. I've never been here before and have never tasted fresh cilantro before so of course I say "Yes please put everything on it." Little did I know that the fresh green yummy looking leaves they threw into my quesadilla would soon be my demise.

We get back to the car and start eating. I take one bite of my chicken quesadilla and gag! What the hell is in here?! I painfully chew and swallow what I've already bitten off. I ask my fiance "What is this green stuff, it tastes horrible! It's making me want to vomit!" He looks perplexed as he tells me it's cilantro. I try to keep eating thinking this is just new to me, maybe in time I will get used to it. NOPE. I ate about half and said "I'm sorry but I can't eat this."

It seems only fresh cilantro is the offender for me. I can eat cooked cilantro, and dishes containing coriander. I was hoping it's something you can learn to love (I hated olives when I was younger, but I forced myself to eat them and I LOVE them now.) I cannot do this with Cilantro... it makes me want to hurl; I cannot control the gag reaction, it just happens.

I hate you cilantro. I wish I didn't have to.

Visii \ Toronto, ON, Canada
You guys are fucking stupid, I mean seriously? It's just a herb. I don't like mint but when I see it on a plate I don't want to nuke it. You guys are making a big deal over nothing. Yes your may be allergic but you don't see a 'I Hate Seafood' website for those who hate and/or are allergic to it. Well, I hope there isn't because it's childish and stupid. You guys need to grow up and stop complaining and do something useful with your life rather than come on here complaining. Yes fair enough, I am sitting here complaining and you guys complaining (ironic, I know) but that is because I'm bored and was browsing through the internet. I mean guys c'mon seriously.

Alexandra \ Newcastle, United Kingdom
You don't fuck with CILANTRO. It is the best plant and herb in the world. I swear i'm not biased because its my name. So kill yourself and don't insult my shit fuck boys. Cilantro isn't the devil plant more like the GOD plant.


TherealCilantro \ NY NY, NY, United States
I was eating a burrito and was getting wafts of, what I casually thought was floor cleanser, going up my nose and down my throat. Soon, my throat was closing off, I was wheezing, short of breath, and I suddenly realized it was the food! The fumes weren't from some noxious chemicals arising from a recently mopped floor after all!

I got the workers at the restaurant to identify the culprit: cilantro! They said they were sorry if I didn't like the food and offered to replace it. I asked what they had that didn't have cilantro. Their answer: practically everything at the restaurant already had cilantro in it.

I couldn't risk eating at that place ever again. Too scary to have your throat closing off because of an herb they put there on purpose!

Cilantro doesn't belong on food. IT'S SO AWFUL!

\ Logan, UT, United States
I can't stand the smell or taste of cilantro. I worked in a grocery store as a cashier and every time a customer purchased some cilantro I had to hold it as far as I could from my face to prevent myself from vomiting. I read some stories and noticed people dislike the taste, but are immune to the smell. If I am in the same room with cilantro I can smell it and it makes me feel sick. Sometimes I feel helpless in the sense that a teeny bit can ruin a delicious meal. Also always avoiding Thai themed dishes, when clearly they are the best choice. I didn't choose this life, but we all have to live with it.

Chai Tee \ Toronto, Canada
Aloha to all my "ohana" out there!!!! Yay! Haters of yucklantro unite! Awesome to meet you all. My first time being poisoned with it was at a restaurant Cafe Pesto in Hawaii. I had their salad and crab cakes (their house dressing is soo yummy)almost twice a week with no problem. Till they added fresh celantro. Wtf!!! As soon as my teeth cut into that camouflaged predator the taste spread all over my mouth. I thought maybe there was a bad leaf or a leg of a stink bug accidentally thrown in there and didn't finish it. I don't eat there anymore because I went back 6 other times each time more reluctant than the last to maybe get them to work with me when I specifically ask nicely "please, no cilantro". Then my church fundraiser plate (which luckily I took home) had put some in their tossed salad. This time however the moment my teeth cut into the stupid leaf I immediately started gagging. I almost couldn't breathe because I was gagging so bad. The last time was when I went to Just Tacos and specifically asked the server if the plate I ordered had cilantro or salsa please leave it off. I actually went more into it than that to make absolutely sure but i figured she got the picture. When my ate came everything had salsa all over it...everywhere. Grrrr I'm not one to send food back so when she came back I nicely asked if I could also get another dish. She sassily (she was already being a witch from before with my friends but I gave her the benefit of the doubt) switched to that weight more on one leg look and said "why is there something wrong with that plate?" I nicely explained (inside I am hungry as shirt by now and could almost slap her because she was being so openly rude to us all) that it had all this stuff all over my meat parts of my plate. She then said "that pico degayo it's a kind of salsa". Stupid girl! Ugh didn't I specifically ask you no salsa, no cilantro??? All in all I ordered something else, a friend took the offensive one home and she got $3 tip on a $200 + table. I've never met anyone else who hated it like me which is sooo nice. It taste like what a stink bug smells like. Ugh! Most of these post say their experiences have been with Mexican or Thai but beware!!! It's out there in everything!!! Yuck i absolutely detest it!! Thank u for letting me share this with you all! Now let's go eat! Lol :)
Ono grinds without cilantro for everyone!!
Always ro :)

Rowena \ Waikoloa, HI, United States


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