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Who's better qualified to have a sit-down with cilantro than one of its floral companions?
IHateCilantro.com is located in San Francisco (wanna buy some shares?) and wild sage grows freely on hills surrounding the city. Its omnipresent fragrance makes it an authority on all things odoriferous. That's why we love this t-shirt illustrating the herb's plain but perspicacious advice to woeful cilantro:
Scientists know a thing or two about chemicals and not surprisingly a recent study compares cilantro to one.
You know how Coca-Cola can clean rust off chrome and how Dave's Ghost Pepper hot sauce is an albeit delicious "great industrial cleaner and grease remover?"
Well another food of questionable edibility can be used in place of activated carbon and "harsher and more expensive chemicals" to remove toxic materials like lead from water.
We don't advocate for the taste of cilantro in our water, but if its soapy qualities are best used in water treatment plants to keep us safe then we believe that's where it belongs.
If you find anyone eating cilantro then please, implore them to donate their cilantro to your local municipal water department to make water safer for children and families.
Nobody who values future generations, health & well-being, or clean water should be greedily eating cilantro.
You might think, "why does Austin do this blog when he could ensconce himself to a private island with the millions he's earned as a writer?"
The truth is, I spent all my millions on the island before learning that cilantro is the only thing that grows there. That's why I'm looking for a job.
Ok, so neither pile of green in that story are real, but the job searching most definitely is and moonlighting as an anti-cilantro advocate never takes a holiday.
Case in point: I phone screened with a company that asked me to talk about a recent project I worked on. I mentioned this blog of course and lo and behold my prospective mentor was a cilantro hater too! Naturally I was invited to come in for an interview and when I did I delivered one of the IHC buttons I keep on hand for exactly this kind of situation.
In the end his opinion wasn't enough to sway the managers and I didn't get the job. But that's ok because not all is lost: another advocate in our ranks is a win for the greater cause!
(Those buttons, btw? They come in a coriander version, too).
I've probably taken for granted all of the surprising things I've learned since becoming a member.
For example, cilantro is known as coriander in other English speaking countries and it refers to the entire plant. That's why you can visit IHateCoriander.com and it redirects you to IHateCilantro.com. As far as I know, the English word cilantro is only used in the United States.
To most people in America coriander is just the seed and cilantro is the leaf. But why does it have a different name?
Cilantro is the Spanish word for coriander (check it out) and the herb is commonly used in Mexican food. Most likely, the Spanish word is used in America because of its proximity to Mexico. Many people of Mexican descent live in the US and Mexican cuisine is common.
No matter what you call it, people still hate coriander and the way coriander tastes (like soap, stinkbugs, or plastic lemon feet).
Here are some other words for cilantro:
Guys! We keep changing things and it's so much so fast that we can't even keep up with telling you about it.
We just changed the haikus page so it looks like the stories pa—you can like and link to individual haikus now or peruse them leisurely by using the Newer and Older buttons subtly located at the top left and right sides of the page. Perhaps you want to study one of Austin's haikus, hm? Like this treasure.
There's so much more we would like to do but this is a start. We have started and ok. It's ok.
I've been a member of IHC for 10 years. Now that there's a blog I'm writing posts for it. This is my first.
One thing I've learned since joining is that some people taste cilantro differently than I do. To me cilantro tastes like something went bad, sour, or rotten. It also has a "wet dog" smell. If it's really fresh then the taste and smell are pretty mild.
That's another thing I've learned: some people hate it much more than I do!
For example, if it's cut up into really small pieces and mixed around a lot in another cooked dish then I can't taste it. Some Indian dishes have cilantro but I don't notice it because they have other strong flavors.
I know that's definitely not the case for many people! Some people can taste it in anything on matter how much there is or how cooked and mixed up it is. Some people have strong allergic reactions to it! That's awful! Their bodies reject it and they feel physically ill!
Is it ok that I'm a member even if I don't have an allergy or hate it with such vehemence? I hope so. I think this is a community where anybody can be accepted, well... anyone that doesn't like cilantro. :)