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Born in Argentina, I moved to Mexico 8 years ago (job reasons) and since I LOVE shrimps, the first/second week I asked for a shrimp-cocktail at a local restaurant. BIG and disgusting surprise when I ate the first poor little bastard, the poor animal has been drowned in a cilantro sauce. I could not finish the f*g dish.
At that moment I learned about the first food in my life that is absolutely disgusting....I never got used to it, thanks got I moved back to Argentina, where it is not that widespread.
Pedro \ Buenos Aires, Argentina
this one time, i was eating a dish with cilantro (EW, right?) because my grandma was making me eat it and i wanted to throw up. then i sneezed. it landed on her face. now she never makes me eat cilantro and i am a happy camper.
Anatomyclassperiod1 \ Portland, OR, United States
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Mercy Reinholdt \ Omaha, NE, United States
I was looking up the benefits of Cilantro and came across this site. My first thought was, this must be a joke.
Imagine if we eliminated all foods and spices that large groups of people did not care for. :-)
I am one of the "Crazy" people that enjoy cilantro. I do have a sister however that hates it. I came across this article and thought it was interesting. Getting to the root of the great cilantro divide... http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98695984
Emmaray Wallace \ Lakeland, FL, United States
This one time i was eating some bom salsa but occasionally i would get a bite of cilantro and it totaly sucked. i wanted to spit it out but overall rest of salsa was amazing why cilantro why?
Jacob \ Fort Wayne, IN, United States
Wow, I didnt realize cilantro was hated so severly by certain people. I actually eat a fresh bunch throughout the day and if I dont eat some for a while I get a crazy urge to eat it. I crave it more than any other food and im finding myself becoming vegetarian as the days go by. I feel sick when I eat the things I used to and have been sticking to salads, with lots of cilantro!! Yum, crunchy!!
Jim \ , United States
I am a builder and repairer of musical instruments, including drums. I'm also pretty open minded about food - I've tried most types of locally available (US) ethnic foods, and have eaten rattle snake, ants, crispy bugs, etc... granted, I have a handful of foods I don't like and choose not to eat, but the ONE thing that I will not eat is cilantro. Cilantro tastes and smells, to me, exactly like the goat skins that I have soaked and stretched over traditional African drums! Outside a food context it isn't offensive, but in my mouth it is a foul, corrosive, spoiled flavor that ruins everything around it and makes me gag!
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I am English, so we call it coriander over here, and I have always hated it. However, I have recently discovered that it doesn't have the same effect on me if it is a) chopped really finely and b) something acid eg. lemon, lime or vinegar is added. So a garnish of coarsely chopped coriander ruins it for me, but I can now eat fresh coriander chutney. I am guessing that one or both produces chemical changes that neutralise whatever I dislike. What is more, from gradual desensitising via eating chutney, I dislike it in its raw form (smell, taste) far less than I used to. Might be a useful tip for others. Keeps the peace in our household too since the rest of the family like it.
Coriander Hater \ , United Kingdom
For years I thought I was alone in how cilantro tastes to me. For me, there is no good way to discribe it to those who taste it differently. I wish I liked it, or could even tolerate it. I love Mexican and Thai food, but I have to be very careful that it doesn't have cilantro or I simply can't eat it. I have been told it has a perfectly lovely flavor for most people. As far as I can tell, it isn't a matter of personal choice whether you like it or not, a certain percentage of people actually TASTE it DIFFERENTLY.
Mary Ann \ Louisville, KY, United States
I have always hated cilantro. All my friends are aware of that. On Passover, the tradition is to dip parsley in salt water. In college, at our Hillel passover, I had about 2 or 3 glasses of wine before we dipped the parsley in salt water. My friend said that he could only find Italian Parsley. I thought it looked a lot like cilantro, but like I said, I was 3 glasses in. So I dipped it in the salt water and put it in my mouth. Everything went hazy, but friends say I turned about 15 different colors of green and red. I was going from disgust to anger. The friend who bought it still claims it was an honest mistake, but no one knows for sure.
Alex \ Port Angeles, WA, United States
I'm from latin America and back about 27 years ago I would occasionaly taste something wrong with some foods I would have at Pot lucks and parties with friends.
One day we had met a wonderful family and they invited us over for dinner and we were very happy to go, I noticed this interesting looking rice at the table it was intetesting becasue I never saw green rice before, well I put a spoonfrul of that rice in my mouth and I had the rudest and most vile reaction I have ever had in my life, I automaticaly spit it out into the spoon and I yelled "what did you put in the rice!!", I actually felt like I was hit in the head, it tasted like putting your tounge on on a 9 volt battery, that is how I got the hint that Cilantro is not!!!! for me...
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Giselle \ Woods Cross, UT, United States
I first came across cilantro in university when I started dating a Taiwanese girl. Her mother had used it in something that she sent along with me to school. I recall my first bite vividly. It was vile and immediately triggered reflux like I wanted to vomit. I honestly thought that someone had accidentally spilled industrial strength powdered detergent into my food (powdered because the concentration of the awful taste couldn't possibly be in a dilute form). Needless to say, I threw it out.
However, as the years went passed and I continued to date Asian girls of many varieties I came across cilantro/coriander many times. As I acquired a taste for thai curries the cilantro started to bother me less and less. Years later, I suddenly found myself chomping down on the fresh coriander garnish that often accompanies a curry dish. Yum! In the most bizarre twist of events since the 1986 World Series, I ended up loving cilantro...but will always have sympathy for those who can't stand it.
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I would really like to know WHY it is so hard for waiters/waitresses/cooks to understand the request, "Can I have that without any cilantro garnish please?" Of course it's understandable that they often point out that there is cilantro in the pico/salsa/whatever else (there always is...) but when I say that I realize this but just would not like the EXTRA garnish (poison) on top they are completely stumped by this concept. Every restaurant. Every time. There was a time where every single week I went to Chili's for their awesome quesadilla salad and COULD NOT get them to avoid the cilantro garnish without removing half the salad too, despite my begging them to leave everything else alone. CIlantro is a curse.
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I have never liked cilantro. Heaven knows I tried to make peace with it. When I went vegetarian in the late '80s, I made a good faith effort to tolerate it. To no avail, however, did I ever acquire a taste for it. My dad loves it and has foisted it upon me a number of times. Now he knows better. I am appalled at the number of cuisines that treasure it and try to hide it in their food. It's rare, but it does pop up in Chinese food. A steamed chicken bun I once ordered, thinking it was going to be a sure delicious bet, was a morass of misery and despair because cilantro.
There is a restaurant here in Chicago. I'm going to name names here; it's called Belly Shack, and it's at 1912 N. Western Ave, near the intersection of Armitage, Western and Milwaukee. Now, Belly Shack is one of those persnickety places that does not allow *any* modifications of their menu items. For example, if the dish has onions, cheese or cilantro -- even as a garnish -- they will steadfastly and mercilessly refuse to omit it, no matter how much one begs. So, if you hate cilantro like I do, do NOT eat there!!
EEGreenBunny \ Chicago, IL, United States
I am so glad to have found others out there that share my intense hatred of cilantro. For years I have been suffering with the task of picking it off tacos, avoiding eating salsa with friends, and defending my distaste for the putrid herb. I must ensure that every dish I order at a Mexican restaurant is 150% cilantro-free or I will vomit all over the entire table. No joke.
I've read that a lot of fellow cilantro haters describe it as tasting like soap, or like despair, but does anyone else liken its flavor to chlorine? People always think I am bat shit crazy for saying it tastes like pool water, but it DOES! I might as well eat chlorine tablets and check my pH levels while I eat it. Gross. I'm cringing just thinking about the first time I ate a cilantro-tainted taco, and the metallic mouth feel it rode in on.
Let's all be united as one, as we proclaim our loathing of this horrible, horrible herb.
Cassie \ Oak Park, IL, United States
Unlike the average cilantro hater, I don't care about the taste. I am actually allergic to it. People hide cilantro in everything! There are two mexican restaurants in town that I won't even walk into because they put cilantro in EVERYTHING! When cilantro first started appearing in restaurants, I would eat something and feel "breathless" like a puff of rancid air that I couldn't identify. Later, my throat started to swell and my normally high voice sounded more like a male baritone.
Since deciding to avoid mexican restaurants, I have become a fan of fish and chips. Unfortunately, on vacation in Oregon, we stopped at a cute little fish and chips shop where the cook made his own sauce. My throat started feeling funny, so I asked what was in it. He listed the ingredients, including cilantro! He was still bragging about it while I was rushing to the car to find benadryl. Everyone thinks they are being so "hip" and cute by including this deadly (for me) herb.
Can we at least get people to disclose this ingredient before subjecting us to it?
Ethyl Lyons \ Cheyenne, WY, United States
Thankfully, my mother never used cilantro in any dish prepared while I grew up, but shortly after leaving the nest I began my hatred for the most vile of earthly substances. I was probably in my late 'teens when I first tasted it but had trouble putting my finger on what it was. I normally didn't/don't eat Hispanic food too often, so it took some time for me to get it. The epiphany was via Qdoba and the rice/cilantro mix that nearly made me vomit. When I put 2 and 2 together that those little bastard flakes of green were cilantro, that was the last straw. Since then, many years have passed, and believe me folks, I've done my best to curtail the possibility of not only eating the devil's weed but making an ass of myself as well, but... While seeing an awesome string of 3 nights of Widespread Panic (band, Athens, GA) we went to the Milwaukee Public Market and had lunch. I, in my infinite wisdom, chose the Hispanic stand at the entrance and carefully chose my selection, at least I thought. I received a burrito I was so eager to slam down, I got halfway through before I got that oh-so-familiar-feeling. I was so pissed-I ranted among my friends that they mistakenly put that crap in my food. My female friend, who is fluent in Spanish, went to return it because of said linguistic capabilities. Upon her return, she informed me that me, of all people, did actually order a burrito with cilantro, clearly spelled-out on the menu. They were nice enough to make me a new one, and I even completely avoided the total humiliation despite my lack of thoroughness. Now that being said, I understand culture and history will always prove that this *cringe* will always be a part of cuisine, but I will fight it to the bitter end. Most of my friends, especially the nice one who returned my burrito, understand why I can't tolerate it, but yet they love it. I've made it clear throughout the years how extensive my hatred for cilantro is to my friends and family, and I am safe with them- they understand me. The rest of society, on the other hand, (me preaching to choir) can burn in hell for their senseless brutality of our taste buds and complete lack of regard for what's decent. Damn you, cilantro. I crush you. I crush your head.
Mike \ Appleton, WI, United States
I grew up cooking on a cast-iron pan (you need oil in the pan to cook with.) When I was 13, I went camping and someone cooked a fish and left the oil in the pan. I cooked some scrambled eggs in that fish oil and tried them. It was the 2nd worst thing I have ever tasted.
The worst thing was at a Vietnamese restaurant. My wife wanted to try out this little place near my house. I don't remember what I ordered, but it was infested with vile green stuff. I thought something was wrong with my food, so my wife tried it, she said it was cilantro. I didn't know what to do, I had never been to a restaurant that served such disgusting food. To make matters worse, the "flavor" didn't go away! I had to endure the nastiness for over an hour!
Karlus \ South Jordan, UT, United States
So happy I'm not the only one! I've always loved spicy foods and can go through a jar of salsa + bag of tortilla chips in about a week. Only problem is, I'm a college student with no car, the nearest grocery store is half a mile away, and glass jars of salsa are heavy to carry (when combined with a gallon of milk, gallon of Gatorade, and various other heavy groceries, that is). So, one week I noticed a brand of salsa that came in plastic containers instead of glass. The hottest flavor of said brand proudly proclaimed that it contained "Extra Cilantro!", and I wasn't really sure what cilantro tasted like, so I bought it. Huge mistake. I can barely eat it, it has this weird aftertaste, and for a while it put me off of salsa in general. Still have half of the tub sitting in my fridge. (Most of what I did eat was on my roommate's 21st birthday when I was too drunk to care.) Not sure what I'm going to do with it; I guess I'll throw it out before Christmas break.
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