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Old 10-13-2016, 01:20 PM   #11
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Genetics are to blame

For a certain number of people of European heritage (namely Swedish and their relatives), there is an enzyme in your saliva that causes cilantro, and only cilantro, to taste bitter. You can blame your genetics, not your cooking! If you're using cilantro in your cooking, and you find that it tastes bitter or soapy, ask someone else to taste it for you. As for other veggies, salt can sometimes cut a bitter flavor.
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Old 10-24-2016, 06:56 PM   #12
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I wonder if some of the cilantro produce is actually culantro, or possibly crossed with it. Culantro has a stronger flavor. I don't see it sold everywhere, but wouldn't be surprised if some markets passed it off as such if there was a significant price difference.
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Old 10-25-2016, 07:45 AM   #13
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I wonder if some of the cilantro produce is actually culantro, or possibly crossed with it. Culantro has a stronger flavor. I don't see it sold everywhere, but wouldn't be surprised if some markets passed it off as such if there was a significant price difference.
Pretty difficult to look at both and not see a difference. I see culantro used more in Puerto Rican cooking than most other Latin/Caribbean cooking.
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Old 10-25-2016, 08:10 AM   #14
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Do you wash your pots in a dish washer? I accidentally left my favorite coffee cup (travel mug) at a friends house and his wife washed it in the dishwasher. It took me a week to get he soapy taste out.
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Old 10-25-2016, 08:12 AM   #15
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I wonder if some of the cilantro produce is actually culantro, or possibly crossed with it. Culantro has a stronger flavor. I don't see it sold everywhere, but wouldn't be surprised if some markets passed it off as such if there was a significant price difference.
I doubt it. They don't look anything alike.

Some people have a genetic reason for an aversion to cilantro, although apparently it can be changed if the person wants to. I used to think cilantro tasted soapy, but I figured it was one of those things I would get used to as I grew up. I didn't like bell peppers as a child, either.

For more information: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/...e-in-your-head
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Old 10-25-2016, 03:55 PM   #16
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Do you wash your pots in a dish washer? I accidentally left my favorite coffee cup (travel mug) at a friends house and his wife washed it in the dishwasher. It took me a week to get he soapy taste out.
Then something isn't right with that dishwasher. I've never had any sort of soapy taste from anything run through the dishwasher, and I've been cleaning dishes that way for at least 40 years, and with a variety of dishwasher brands.
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Old 10-25-2016, 04:45 PM   #17
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Same here, RP.

Re: soapy tasting carrots (and I know the OP is long gone lol), but I don't like the taste of carrots with the peel still on. Not sure I'd call it soapy, but it is bitter-tasting to me.
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Old 10-28-2016, 07:32 AM   #18
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Then something isn't right with that dishwasher. I've never had any sort of soapy taste from anything run through the dishwasher, and I've been cleaning dishes that way for at least 40 years, and with a variety of dishwasher brands.
She tends to use too much soap.
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