There are the usual debates: Coke vs Pepsi, Mac vs PC…but one food that seems to cause great division is cilantro.
I consider myself a fairly adventurous and open-minded omnivore but I stand firmly on the side of the non-cilantro lovers. If there is one leaf in a vat of salsa, I will taste it. It’s like having my mouth washed out with a bar of soap (which luckily never actually happened to me as a child…)
This can be a dilemna if you’re someone, like me, who loves Latin American or Asian cuisine. I have learned to overcome my dislike as I cannot deny myself an amazing pad thai or Mexican dish if available, but you will never find a bunch of cilantro in my kitchen. I’m also rather agnostic when it comes to parsley – both curly and Italian…I will use parsley if absolutely necessary but would rather just leave it out.
I always thought that this violent dislike of cilantro was just me being an unusually picky eater, until a friend shared an article in the New York Times a few years ago, “Cilantro Haters: It’s Not Your Fault”, and I found out that there is a chemical in cilantro that is also found in soaps and lotions. Who knew??? I also found out from the article that I am in good company – Julia Child also didn’t like cilantro…
So which side of the fence do you land on? Soapy or scrumptious?