Do You Hate Cilantro? You’re In Good Company.

If you know what it is, you’re probably one of the people who hate it.

That’s ten percent of the population, and it includes me.  There are several websites that discuss the leafy offender sometimes known as “Chinese Parsley” .  HERE’S one of them. To those of us who have the anti-cilantro gene, it tastes like soap. While you can generally go into a Mexican restaurant and order “no cilantro”  (forget the salsas- they all have cilantro)  with at least some response, I’ve never had any luck avoiding cilantro in Thai or SE Asian places. I just stay away from Thai. 

What bought this to mind was a recent conversation with a relative who is very well-informed and yet was completely unaware of the cilantro issue. But word is getting around;.  The network comedy Undateable had the following dialogue:

“I’m going to start calling you Cilantro”.


“Because you spoil everything”

Do you hate it too? Let us know.



12 thoughts on “Do You Hate Cilantro? You’re In Good Company.

    • Love cilantro in just about everything – soups, stews, especially eggs. Tastes nothing like soap! Thai & Mexican food have used cilantro as an important ingredient since way before any of us alive now we’re born. Typical Americans (I’m lifelong Caucasian Californian) thinking everything should confirm to their standards. Get a grip people. It’s like saying you don’t like the taste of oregano in spaghetti.

  1. Like most herbs and spices, cilantro should be used to enhance a dish not overwhelm. However, lately it seems that restaurants want to drown their Thai and Mexican dishes in this shit. Definitely not a fan.

  2. My Mom has the gene. But I put it in just about everything (we eat lots of Latino, Thai & Indian here at the PooFarm) … So it must be recessive. Thank goodness.

    S’okay though. Ranch dressing tastes like butt to me. … Wonder if that’s genetic?

  3. I hate cilantro. I wouldn’t say cilantro tastes like soap though, because soap isn’t nearly as caustic.

    Rita’s mild salsa is bearable for me with lower cilantro content than most fresh salsas. Also, running salsa through a blender until it’s purée helps deaden the caustic effect because you don’t get hit with a full leaf fragment all at once.. Sometimes, a serious offender can be neutered because the cilantro leaves are so big you can pour the jar into a bowl and spend 5 minutes to pick most of them out.

  4. I hate Cilantro it ruins everything its on, salsa , salad , mex food it should be outlawed some say that I need to acquire a taste for it what!! are you nuts

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