March 02, 2009
Can I just start by saying what a relief this all is? It's like a veritable group-therapy session. I can't even tell you how many people have looked at me beyond sideways when I say I cannot stand cilantro.
Sigh. I consider myself a Supertaster (look it up), and rightly so. I never could tolerate spicy or bitter foods, and I've always had a pretty sensitive palate. I can't remember the exact age, but I must have been in my early teens when I first tasted the true horror we have all come to know and hate, cilantro. I was at el torito with my family, and always avoided the spicy salsa, but decided to taste it that day... and to my dismay, it was laden with cilantro and I had to immediately spit it out. I inquired what the awful taste was, and my Mother said it was the same as it always had been, and it must have been in my head.
That's been my story ever since. "It must be in your head!" Hey. I had never even heard of cilantro before I tasted the awful stuff. People can be so mean.
I grew up in Los Angeles, and looking back, it has always been a wonder to me how I had never noticed the horrible stuff before. My guess is that since I've always hated spicy foods, I just never stumbled across cilantro before, since I think cilantro used to be mainly reserved for spicy Mexican food.
I must express my absolute disappointment at how wildly popular the disgusting stuff has become... I once thought I was safe simply avoiding spicy foods, but now I have to second-guess every food choice when eating out. I used to think I was a fairly laid-back person who goes with the flow, but now I am "that girl" who can't eat spicy, bitter, or CILANTRO. WHAT is the problem? What the heck is wrong with wanting a simple meal of veggies and mashed potatoes? How does that make me a picky eater?! Just because I want to taste the flavors of my food, and not bog them down with layers of added junk...
Anyway, that's my rant. It's not all in my head! YAY!