August 17, 2013
I notice everyone is saying Cilantro tastes like soap to them. Interesting. I have always thought it tastes like a HUGE mouthful of freshly mowed grass.
Now don't get me wrong. I love the smell of mowed grass, just not in my mouth. Then there's that horrible sharp sour after-tang that you just cannot get rid of. I have been known to actually try to wipe my tongue off with a napkin to try to get it to go away!
Thankfully, my hubby feels the same way I do, and my kids both hate Cilantro, too, so maybe it's inherited, like a super-taster. (I love broccoli tho)
I grew up in Texas in the 70's and 80's, and my Grandparents lived in New Mexico where I spent every summer, so I feel that I have pretty good grasp on what real authentic Mexican, and Tex-Mex should taste like. I never encountered the dreaded scourge of Cilantro until after I had married (1990) and moved to Florida, where it cropped up all over the place. I mean, you couldn't even get a freakin' taco without picking the stuff out of the meat or salsa. I had hoped that it was a fad, and would pass.
I live in Seattle now, and it's all over here, too, what with the Asian cuisine. When I go back home to Texas, I find it is everywhere there now, like an invasive species or noxious weed.
I find that I have had to resort to telling the white lie that I am allergic to it to try to get restaurants to prepare cilantro-free food. The worst thing is the guacamole. I am a guac addict, and it is so freakin hard to get EVERY little bit out of that.