A few weeks ago, I posted about 21 things I hate or just don’t like very much, which may or may not be irrational. Generally people agreed with my list of dislikes, except for number 8, “Cilantro/coriander leaf” (just to clarify, in the US they call it cilantro, here in the UK, we call it coriander. In the US I believe they do call the seed of the plant coriander, but we call the whole plant, seed and leaf, coriander. Got it? Anyway, it’s the green leaf I hate).
These were the cilantro-based comments:
“Do you really hate cilantro (coriander leaf) so much? I absolutely love it…there’s no accounting for taste!”
“I must enter my strong objections to #8. Cilantro is a fine herb”
“These are terrific, except the cilantro one. I’m sorry. It’s an essential component in my husband’s very delicious salsa”
“I do, however, enjoy cilantro!”
“The only thing I can’t agree with on this list is coriander / cilantro! Really? That’s one of those herbs I can’t seem to grow, but can’t live without either”
“Except for coriander leaves. I have no strong opinions on coriander, though, oddly enough, my sister also hates it”
“WOW!!! Every single one, we have in common! Except for the cilantro.”
“Agree with every one, except I love cilantro. (And that’s a very rare thing, when I’m the one defending a green, leafy food.)”
“I love cilantro, but everything else – yes!”
I even received a rare comment via email from a friend (he will verify the rarity) -
“It is rare that I feel that I must respond to your blog but …….How can you not like coriander? I shall never read your blog again (sob …)”
(See how he verified the rarity).
And then when I was waffling with Mike, cilantro came up again, and we had these comments:
“But we really must talk about your hate of cilantro.”
“I, OTOH, would love to eat cilantro every day.”
“Vanessa, you don’t like cilantro? You have wounded me to the core”
I’ve noticed this before with cilantro (I’m going to stick with calling it cilantro on this post, seeing as the majority of my followers are from the states), it always brings out quite extreme reactions in people, it’s definitely a love it or hate it thing. There is no indifference to cilantro. Well, except for that one comment I posted up there from someone who said they had no strong feelings about it. Except for that one. Hmmm, time for a poll I think, please vote:
I do happen to know at least two other bloggers who also speak of a strong aversion to this green leafy pest. I won’t name them though *cough* Carrie Rubin and She Drives a Vegetable Car *cough cough* and if you do an online search for “I hate cilantro” or similar, you will find a wealth of haters. A wealth I tell you! We are not alone.
So what is this witchery contained within these seemingly innocent green leaves to bring out such reactions in people? Hatred amongst some, disdain for those who hate it amongst others. Is there an alien connection maybe? Or are the Government involved in some kind of conspiracy here? Or…or…oh wait, no, Jilanne Hoffman reminded me that there is apparently a genetic reason for this hatred. It’s true, read all about it here.
According to…people who know about these things, it’s possible to build up a tolerance to it by regularly eating it, I’m considering doing this because honestly, it seems to be making its way into more and more dishes (Hmm, I might have to revisit the alien and government conspiracy ideas again, because really, it’s EVERYWHERE). So should I see if I can get to tolerate, maybe even like, it? What do you think?
Do you have any interesting cilantro stories to share? Or actually I’ll take anything herb-related. Or food-dislike related. Or let me know if we ARE related.