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Old 09-14-2012, 04:47 PM   #21
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I'm in the soapy camp. I don't think that it is a "taste is subjective" thing at all, it tastes like soap to me, but my best friend loves it and cannot taste any soapy flavor.

Many in my family cannot eat it either.

I'll be glad when this herb is no longer trendy, it ticks me off when I order a dish and it is sprinkled on, when it wasn't listed in the description, for me it makes everything that it touches taste soapy.

I am building up a tolerance to it, I still don't like it, but it no longer completely ruins a meal for me, I can deal with a small amount in a salsa, but I still wish that it wasn't there.

There is a website called ihatecilantro.com and it has a facebook page,
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:48 PM   #22
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I used to hate cilantro, now I love it.

As far as tasting like soap, raspberries are like that for me. I like things like raspberry jam (except for the seeds), but as a rule, I don't like them. Raspberry candies are especially horrible. You might as well just eat a bar of soap.
I think the aldehydes dissipate when the cilantro is cooked. That would explain why I never dislike it in real Mexican food or in Indian food, unless they sprinkle the raw stuff on top.
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:04 PM   #23
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I used to hate cilantro, now I love it.

As far as tasting like soap, raspberries are like that for me. I like things like raspberry jam (except for the seeds), but as a rule, I don't like them. Raspberry candies are especially horrible. You might as well just eat a bar of soap.
Barb, I've never heard of this with raspberries. Live and learn.
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:17 PM   #24
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Borage tastes more fishy than cilantro tastes soapy.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:04 PM   #25
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I love fresh cilantro--dried cilantro has "no taste" IMO. I hate bananas. I was told that my aversion to bananas is linked to a gene. I believe it. I can smell bananas from about 15 ft away. Hate the smell of bananas--fresh bananas do not cross my lips. But I love cilantro, tarragon, anise, and fennel.

My brother and I made a road trip a few years ago. As soon as he put his "food pack" in the van, I said to him, "dump the bananas. They are not riding in this vehicle with me." He gave me this all askew look. "What, you can smell those? They are in my cooler."
"Dump the bananas or walk. I'll pick up in the next town. Oh, and clean the cooler."
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:05 PM   #26
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There's also a positive genetic correlation between those who like/dislike Brussels Sprouts and Guinness beer. I'm not sure of the specifics, but it was discussed last semester in my Genetics class along with the cilantro bit.
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There's also a positive genetic correlation between those who like/dislike Brussels Sprouts and Guinness beer. I'm not sure of the specifics, but it was discussed last semester in my Genetics class along with the cilantro bit.
Bananas must have factored into that--I have several friends who are also "banana aversive."
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There's also a positive genetic correlation between those who like/dislike Brussels Sprouts and Guinness beer. I'm not sure of the specifics, but it was discussed last semester in my Genetics class along with the cilantro bit.
I love sprouts and hate guiness . How anyone could drink a pint of the stuff is beyond me .
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When I say I have an aversion to bananas--my stomach literally curls when I smell bananas. It isn't that I don't like the taste of bananas, I can't stand anything about them--the smell, the taste, the texture, the feel of them. I don't think that is the same thing re: cilantro love it or hate it.
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:05 AM   #30
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When I say I have an aversion to bananas--my stomach literally curls when I smell bananas. It isn't that I don't like the taste of bananas, I can't stand anything about them--the smell, the taste, the texture, the feel of them. I don't think that is the same thing re: cilantro love it or hate it.
I had a co-worker that had a banana phobia, never heard of such a thing. It wasn't like you where she couldn't stand the smell and taste, it just gave her anxiety to be near one.

As I typed this I looked up "fear of bananas" and apparently it's a real thing.
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