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Old 05-11-2005, 09:45 AM   #1
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Cliantro Question -How does it taste to you?

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I have some friends who tell me that Cliantro has a soapy taste, do any of you sense the soapy taste? Just curious



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Old 05-11-2005, 09:49 AM   #2
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Hi Run_Out. I think you are going to find the group pretty split on this issue. It seems that people either love cilantro or they hate it because they find it tastes like soap. Personally I think there is some biological or genetic reason for this, but I have no proof.

I am in the "I love cilantro" group. I do not taste soap at all. Cilantro is probably my absolute favorite herb. I feel bad for the people who can't eat it.

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I've never sensed that from good cilantro before. To me, fresh cilantro is an essential ingredient to making salsa.

Part of the problem with talking food is that we all have a unique set of tastebuds which react differently to different foods. To that end, it could very well be that cilantro does taste a little soap-like to your friends. It just may be the way they're wired.
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Old 05-11-2005, 10:04 AM   #4
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I've never noticed a soapy taste and I use a LOT of coriander in dishes!
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Old 05-11-2005, 10:13 AM   #5
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My friends who hate it either say it tastes like soap or metal.

Supposedly if you are allergic to it (and some people are) it tastes like metal.

I definelty don't think it tastes soapy. But it does have an distinct flavor.

I love it.

Try it and see what YOU think!
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Old 05-11-2005, 10:37 AM   #6
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ishbel, in scottish and other european cookbooks do the recipes specify whether the coriander is seed or leaf? they taste similar, but aren't really interchangeable in most dishes.
i wonder if the same people who dislike leafy coriander, or cilantro, are affected the same way with coriander seed?
i have heard of the soapy or metallic thing. luckily, i do not find the taste odd. i love cilantro and coriander seed in many dishes.
i replace half of the parsley in my chicken soup with cilantro, just for a nice little change of pace.
and i love a bunch of freshly washed whole cilantro on top of grilled baby squid, topped with sweet chilli sauce.
another fave is chopped peanuts, garlic, ginger, cilantro, and hot pepper flakes, mixed into angel hair pasta with garlic sesame oil.
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Old 05-11-2005, 11:28 AM   #7
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I'm one for whom cilantro tastes like soap. Coriander seed is not a problem for me though.

It doesn't seem to be a problem in salsa. I eat that by the ton. However, I leave it out of other recipes.
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:19 PM   #8
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I love cilantro! It's hard to describe it's flavor, but I would say it tastes a bit like lemon/lime.
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:20 PM   #9
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Cilantro tastes fine to me, as long as it doesn't overpower the other ingredients in the dish. For those who don't like it, substitute Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley for a more mild flavor.
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:44 PM   #10
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I'm in the later side.......I don't care for the flavor. I can't describe what it taste like......I've tried it a few times and each time I was turned off by the flavor is all I can remember. I guess if you don't like it then you can substitute italian parsley.....at least thats what I've heard.

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