February 20, 2006
It's one thing to encounter the soapy, astringent, tongue-and-toe curling taste of cilantro in foods that are unfortunately designed to showcase the brutal flavor of this weed, but it's quite another thing that the cilantro lobby has managed to force supermarkets to place their product in the herb fresh herb section, right next to the Italian parsley. Who knows how many innocent victims every day casually and accidentally purchase cilantro, thinking it's an edible product--flat-leaf parsley--and take it home to use to garnish Italian dishes, pestos and other decent food? This has happened to me and let me tell you, it's an experience you will not soon forget or forgive. This tactic needs to be countered by lobbying the supermarket industry to put the cilantro behind locked counters with the cigarettes and chewing tobacco, where innocent victims will be protected.