September 08, 2018
Cilantro is an herb that is known as Chinese parsley because of its resemblance to parsley. Cilantro is the name of the leaves of the coriander plant. What we know as the coriander spice, are the dried seeds of the plant. The tastes are very different, mainly because one is a seed and the other is a leaf. They definitely cannot be substituted for each other in recipes because of the taste difference. Coriander has a bit of a spicy, citrus flavor and cilantro has a lemony, tart and citrusy flavor to most people. Some people taste a soapy or metallic favor from a variation in a group of olfactory-receptor genes that allows them to strongly perceive the soapy-flavored aldehydes in cilantro leaves. There is some evidence that people with this genetic quirk can overcome their aversion with repeated exposure to the herb, especially if it is crushed rather than served whole. Cilantro isn't a bad herb. Not at all. The reason anyone would taste soap when eating cilantro is genetics.