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I would like to gather a bit of statistical information, primarily from those who dislike cilantro. Those who either definitely like it or are indifferent to it are welcome, but please so state if you are in one of those categories.
The research indicating a genetic pre-disposition to cilantro aversion makes me wonder if that can be correlated with other foods/herbs that provoke strong negative reactions. We are all aware of the important connection between taste and aroma, so some questions here point in that direction. Finally, adverse food combinations are explored a bit.
Trying to rank one's likes/dislikes is obviously very subjective; but, if you wish to include such in your own comments, feel free.
(1). Did you ever find cilantro palatable, but now don't? Or vice-versa?
(2). Did you ever consume some cilantro (knowingly or not, beforehand) which didn't seem so bad because you were congested or had a bad cold?
(3). Are some food combinations palatable, but adding cilantro (in any amount) makes them unpalatable? If so, which combinations?
(4). Are all parts of the plant unpalatable, or are you aware of only certain parts (leaves, stems, seeds, coriander powder) causing taste/aroma problems?
(5). Do you find parsley (not Chinese parsley) palatable?
(6). Name a few aromas, not necessarily foods, that you find objectionable or nauseating.
For (7) through (13): all refer to food items which you dislike to a degree similar to your dislike for cilantro...
(7). Name any animal proteins.
(8). Name any herbs/spices.
(9). Name any vegetables.
(10). Name any fruits.
(11). Name any dairy products.
(12). Name any grains.
(13). Name any combinations of (7) through (12). [Personal example: a (10)/(11) combination for me is cantaloupe and most any dairy product; cantaloupe can always be eaten last, but eating it prior to milk, yogurt, or ice cream leaves an unpalatable taste. Yet, cantaloupe is just fine with other melon fruits.]
(15). Do you cook for yourself?
I will try to publish some form of conclusions if enough responses lead to statistically meaningful data.
- Bob Middletown, CA
Oh this one time I ate cilantro without knowing it and actually loved it, until I realized... it was CILANTRO. NOOOOOOOO. I hate Cilantro, HOW was this so amazing, I just can't comprehend.
- Ma Ja Louisville, KY
My doctor told me an aversion to cilantro is linked to a gene. If you have the gene, you also pick up an odor from ozone others can't smell. Ozone-producing "air cleaners" are as noxious to cilantro haters as...cilantro. Who knew?
- Jennifer Boston, MA
I just finshed a dissected burrito from Green Burrito (scraped off the salsa). I asked in the drive-thru if the grilled chicken burrito had cilantro on it and was told NO. When I started eating it today at lunch, I detected that awful taste and inspected it. There it was in the salsa that they put on. I called them and they offered a refund, but I told them just to inform their employees that some people are allergic to items that they ask to be left off their food. The woman seemed to understand the concern and promised to train the crew.
- Ronster Long Beach, CA
I am currently in the US on holiday. I encountered this stuff all over a take out pizza I had yesterday. Totally ruined as it was the only thing I could taste.
Thank god we don't have this in UK!
- Tom Brighton
Trader Joe's has been forced to recall horrific tasting cilantro:
- Kevin San Francisco, CA
This stuff is terrible. It tastes like soap. I spent years thinking mexican places hadn't rinsed their salsa dishes enough, but then I eventually, after many years, realized it was this terrible thing. I knew I wasn't crazy!
- Greg Fairbanks, AK
Wow, what a funny site!
I hate Cilantro forever in my life! It destroys the food, wherever it is, I only taste cilantro and nothing else! Terrible!!!!!!
I went once in Vienna to a Sushi restaurant and one of the sushi had cilantro, this was very new to me, usually Japan don't use cilantro? Its more obvious for Mexican or Thai food!
Burn this herb forever! UGH!
- Fifi New York, NY
I had no idea that others hated cilantro as much as I do! I was just eating an herb salad that they sneaked cilantro into, thinking... "Man, Cilantro really P***es me off sometimes!"
- Nick New York, NY
I will actually pick the MINISCULE pieces of it out of most of the Mexican food I get here in LA - my husband thinks Im crazy - he used to tease me about it, but now he just accepts my melodramatic gagging whenever I taste food with cilantro in it -- and its EVERYWHERE - especially pseudo-haute-couture food
All of my friends love this garbage. Over the past several years, my house has been infested with stinkbugs. And I don't go to mexican restaurants anymore because all of their food is loaded with this stinkbug flavoring agent. I simply do not understand why anyone eats this. It tastes like hell. I try to tell all my friends and they just don't know what I mean. They don't see the similarities. I hate cilantro. A lot.
- Nick Richmond, VA
In a television interview in 2002, Larry King asked Julia Child which foods she hated. She responded: “Cilantro and arugula I don’t like at all. They’re both green herbs, they have kind of a dead taste to me.”
“So you would never order it?” Mr. King asked.
“Never,” she responded. “I would pick it out if I saw it and throw it on the floor.”
- Amy New York, NY
I am going to make a sad confession that I am probably in a large part responsible for the introduction of cilantro into the USA. 20 Years ago, I had a friend from Peru who kept lamenting the fact that she loved and missed cilantro in this country because it was such a part of her diet in lima. I, not knowing even what the stuff smelled or tasted like, but wanting to help her, and knowing that corianger was the seed of cilantro,(don't ask me how I knew that, but I had acquired that knowledge somewhere) I suggested that she buy some coriander in the grocery store and if it hadn't been heat treated the way nutmeg seeds are to prevent planting and growing, she could grow some cinlantro herself. The friend did not have land of her own, but she borrowed a garden plot from a neighbor and proceeded to plant the coriander. Low and behold, there grew rows and rows of tall cinlantro plants covering the whole plot! The neighbor was horrified and complained to me that "the damn stuff is covering the coutryside!" I fear that from that beginning, before anyone in the US had heard of the plague, that I was a guilty party in proligerating the dreaded green horror. I hate cinlantro!
It is beyond my understanding why so much food now contains this miserable nasty tasting weed.
- Marjorie Post Portland, OR
I just bought a can of spray on pet repellent to stop my cat from eating my houseplants. I sprayed it on my fern and all of a sudden, the scent filled my apartment. What scent might you ask? CILANTRO!!! The stuff is so nasty they put it in pet repellent now. Needless to say I evacuated myself to another room until the smell dissipates. Ew
Cilantro vs Chipmunk
As far as cilantro goes, I am not a big fan, but I use it sparingly in certain foods. But, there's a chipmunk in my yard who absolutely hates it. I have a extra large flower pot for growing herbs just outside the kitchen door. Last year, I planted my usual 8 herb plants which included cilantro. A few days later, came home from work and found the cilantro plant on the ground next to the flower pot. I stuck it back in and watered it a bit. Next morning it had perked up. I went to work, came home and again, the cilantro plant is on the ground. This went on day after day for more than a week, until I decided to put the plant in its own pot up on shelf. Finally, it was able to grow. This past spring, again I included cilantro, hoping the chipmunk would ignore it. No such luck, three days after planting the herbs, the cilantro was gone. Couldn't find it anywhere. So I gave up, no more cilantro in my herb garden.
Which isn't a big deal, since I'm not fond of it. So in addition to the 3,000+ members who hate cilantro, you can add one little chipmunk from Illinois. Gail
- Gail Kalin Glenview, IL
At some point in my 20s I made the mistake of ordering a breakfast burrito from Taco Bell. This was back when they did breakfast, which they don't do any more. Well, I took a big bite and this horrible rancid taste that reminded me of the smell of a rancied dish cloth filled my mouth. I spat the offending bite out and returned to the Taco Bell to inform them that something was terribly wrong with the burrito. The manager informed me that nothing was amiss - it was just CILANTRO. Ughh!!! It has to be the worst taste in the world! Now, When I go to a Mexican restaurant, I ask for cilantro -free salsa, which they usually don't have, or spend my time picking the cilantro out of everything. Why would anybody eat that stuff??
- Amee Fort Wayne, IN
I don't know why cilantro is so in vogue. For such a little leaf, it packs a whole lot of nastiness. Good God, it's everywhere. I'm surprised Breyer's hasn't made an ice cream flavor out of it yet. I do give props to The Food Network. One of the chefs (can't remember the show) was preparing a recipe that had cilantro but she acknowledged that some people don't like it and suggested using parsley instead. I just so appreciated that. Anyway, I regret not being able to order ceviche in a restaurant. It's full of that green monster, and picking it out a leaf at a time looks a little OCD. I find that most places are very accommodating in leaving it out on request.
- Lori RN Baltimore, MD
My first run in with cilantro happened a few years ago. I was eating breakfast at a restaurant and given salsa with cilantro. Well I seem to be allergic to the nasty stuff. I causes me to spend a day or two in great pain. I feel like the entire football team used me to practice kicking. It is not bad enough that it stinks and tasts nasty, but it also causes me great pain. I cannot sit, stand or lay down in peace. Everything hurts. Ban it!!! Burn it!!!
- Roxanne Saavedra Coolidge, AZ
My first run with the awful herb was in Pico de gallo. I am not sure when the switch from parsley was made, but it turned me off one of my favorite Mexican salads. I admit I have been around too many years and the world changes, but the growing use of this disgusting plant is by far one of the worst I have encountered. Good Chefs are falling under the influence of the dreaded plant. To replace parsley with cilantro is akin to suggesting Annie Green Springs as fine dinner wine.
- Richard St. Augustine, FL
Well I just tried to muddle it per some online recipe directions curious to know if the freshness I've come to expect from it would shine in a drink I was planning. Boiling it had produced a hideously vegetal wet rag aroma followed by a yukky soggy vegetable taste.
Muddling it, even with sugar, did not help.
Shaking it with ice cubes and sugar, also no go.
This surprised me since I love cilantro, but know my hubby hates it so I searched around and found your site. I guess for me it is only a crucial ingredient for salsa's and guacamole. I can't imagine them without it.
Finally, I tried it straight from the freeze dried container and blamed this newfangled preservation method for such a surprisingly horrible experience. Still gross!
Thanks to this site I now can reason that the chile might have made it wonderful to me for salsa's and dips, but horrid to my hubby in any way shape or form.
I'm swearing off of it for home use and will only partake of it (on my plate only) when dining out. Out of solidarity for the one's I love.
- Cilantro Lover Los Angeles, CA
UGH, so I thought I was the only one who hates "Sushi" and now IHATECILANTRO comes along, it gives me ideas! Maybe I'm not alone on that either?
I loathe the gross "herb"! It is used too much in everything from Mexican to Asian food. I don't taste "soap" like others do - so much as it tastes like body odor smells. Small amounts, very small amounts in salsa is OK when paired with onion, tomato and olive oil with a dash of citrus but I usually end up picking out the heaping whole green fronds and slinging them aside.
I'm now asking whether or not "cilantro" is MIXED in or added to a dish. That way I'll skip the order and go to something else where it can be omitted. I simply say NO CILANTRO! I don't get its appeal for so many people and the way chefs use it willy nilly as if it's suppose to add to the dish. Just the opposite, it usually overwhelms the dish. Take one bite with a shred of it and the food is ruined.
What's weird is that Cilantro raw tastes much worse than when it's actually blended. One time I had a cilantro dressing (that didn't taste like cilantro) on a mexican cesar salad and it was good - probably because the amount used is mainly for color rather than actual taste and the base for the dressing was a creamy delicate cheese blend, so it worked.
And when a recipe calls for a fresh herb "like Cilantro" omit it - you won't miss it and in fact you'll be happier without it.
Now onto Sushi ...anyone with me? :-D
- Gia Somewhereoutthere, CA
Wow - first off, I was sincerely amazed there was a "I hate cilantro" site. I was actually thinking I would start one. I've never been in a situation where I have felt so relieved others felt the same way. Is this the silliest? What a trivial thing - the taste of cilantro. Then I remember how cilantro has completely ruined meals that could have been great. I ask myself "what taste bud am I missing" and then I ask "what in the heck taste bud are others missing?!". This ingredient is in soooo many recipes these days. I just leave it out and it hasn't changed my experience yet. I either love the recipe or hate it just like everyone else who are posting their ratings (where cilantro is kept in). I have wanted to post to those who hate the recipes and I love them "Maybe try leaving out the cilantro?". But because this is my first post anywhere - that question has not been asked -- Yet.
I feel better now just stating my hate for cilantro. Phew - here's to cooking with every ingredient that I love. ;-)
- Annie Portland, OR
I am not alone! I used to think I was the only one who disliked it. Most everyone I know likes it and think I am weird. I HATE CILANTRO. The first time I tasted it, I thought I was gonna vomit. If I eat even a little it makes me gag. WHY OH WHY do most restaurants insist on using it in almost everything. So gross! Just today my husband, and I along with our 1 year old son went out for lunch...and it was in all the food. My son ate some of the "tainted" food, and the poor little guy broke out in hives! He is apparently allergic to it. Blah! Just another reason for me to hate it more! Before it is served to you in your food/appetizer they should be required to ask you if you like it/want it. I mean they ask you if you want Parmesan cheese grated on your food, it can't be that hard to ask if you want cilantro. ARGH!!
- Elizebeth Beaumont, NM
Thank God for this site! I am not alone. I didn't know there were so many of us who describe it as noxious, vile, putrid, foul, inedible, evil, disgusting, soapy-tasting, nasty, wicked, and so forth.
- Don Long Beach, CA
Cilantro actually made me choke! i was eating a nice spaghetti when i saw these bits of cilantro i wonder wat they were...BUT THAN IT JUMPED UP AND STRANGLES ME
- Ben Dover Miami, FL
Posted on my facebook tonight:
I went out for Mexican earlier tonight, and assuming, since I'm in Norway, I wouldn't have to even mention that cilantro makes me gag and leaves me sick for hours...
To my horror, I discovered not only that there was cilantro in my food, but it was long leaf cilantro, which I've never seen before!
Are there really derivatives of this evil creation of Satan?!
Show your support, and join the community of which I've been a proud member since 2006!
I hope tons of my friends joined! :-D
Cilantro is a good liver cleanse so I tried to force myself to drink it. Not going to work.
love every green smoothie I make, if not I add a bit of steeva, or banana and I like it. EXCEPT the one I made this morning. There was no saving it.
The Green Smoothie Fail
1 cup spinach
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup grapes
1 cup water
everything ok but next I added: cilantro.
BLECH.YUCK. NO WAY. Nothing would fix this. I added an apple, steeva, a banana, more blueberries. All I could taste is cilantro.
I don't know why cilantro disgust me. My daughters love it and cook with it all the time. We use to go to Costa Rica each year and they put cilantro in everything. I have always hated it.
- Robin Sampson Nashville, TN
About 10 years ago while living in Seattle, I noticed the new trend of "healthy" cheap Mexican restaurants. Now these places sound like a dream come true! But no. What were these vile green things all throughout my burrito? AAAAAGH!! What really irks me is that there is no option to order, say, a burrito without the stuff. You just have to eliminate this entire category of eating establishment.
So, there I was eating a delicious little "something" that seemed rather tasty .. .but then "IT" came back with a vengeance. Over and over again ... till I thought the soapy taste in my throat reminded me a bit of what happened to my little friends when they said naughty words back in the early 60's... Why, oh why do people use this stuff????
- Peggy Gloversville, NY
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!
- TJ , NC
In Texas, you can't escape the vile pukeweed. Every form of (formerly delicious) Tex-Mex has been enveloped in stench.
Chipotle is a pretty decent restaurant. Vomitparsley can be avoided there if you choose carefully, but the rice is solid green with the stuff, overwhelming even those who mysteriously like it. (AKA 'people with no taste buds'.
I sent Chipotle an email. It simply said.....
"Cilantro is not a Vegetable".
I was delighted when the reply showed that my missive had been forwarded to a large number of recipients within the company. :)
Oh...you can now get plain white rice for the asking...
- Lynda Dallas, TX
I am so so happy to know i'm not the only one who hates cilantro. What's up with people liking this stuff anyway?? It tastes like soap, perfume, and detergent all in one, and it permeates your taste buds almost like curry... NOw im usually a big fan of herbs. However, I first tried this vile-tasting excuse for an herb at a mexican restaurant. I was sooo excited to be having fish tacos (one of my favorite things to eat ever). The food comes out, and i take that first delicious bite. but lo and behold, the sauce on the taco is filled with TINNNNNNNYYYY pieces of chopped cilantro. UGH. as much as a love fish tacos, i could not, would not eat it. Ruined my dinner. thanks, cilantro.
- Abby Orlando, FL
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