April 20, 2006
My first experience was many years ago, as I am 73, and buying it for a recipe. the minute I began to chop it up, I felt a bad smell in my nose and it smellled like my cat's box, if I forgot to clean it! I put a bit in my mouth, and it tasted like what I imagined Cat urine to taste like. UGH!!! That had to be about 15 years ago, and it was not popular then, as it is now.
I stay away from it now and substitute flat leaf parsely for it in any recipe. Chefs, now on the Food network channel will tell you that, (and that cilantro is an acquired taste, and many folks don't like it.) I guess there are folks, like us out there that really hate it.