Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cilantro / Coriander

Cilantro is an herb that is commonly used in Mexican dishes such as salsa and guacamole.

I was reading Pioneer Woman's recipe blog and decided to try "Liz's Black Bean Chowder With Yogurt-Cilantro Relish" one of the many recipes that was submitted for a contest on her blog. The chowder part sounded yummy - but I had my doubts about the yogurt-cilantro relish.

I have only tasted cilantro once or twice before - and HATED it both times. But for the sake of the recipe I bought some today and decided to try it again.

I tried some of the cilantro plain (as did the children - their first time) and in the "relish". Plain - it was nasty. I tried a few nibbles of the relish - thinking maybe the taste would grow on me - but it didn't. I don't think I'll be changing my mind any time soon. I don't even like the smell - ugh.

Dd tried it and said, "It's weird - I think it's nasty!"

Ds tried it and said, "It's good! - I like it mom!"

Apparently when it comes to cilantro - people either hate it or love it. There is even an anti-cilantro website called IhateCilantro.com. Cilantro haters tend to think it tastes soapy or like metal shavings.

I read somewhere that the good vs bad taste may be a result of genetics...


Jennifer said...

I love cilantro. Sometimes, I even buy a certain cilantro salsa that has extra in it!

CanadianGrandma said...

Cilantro is disgusting! You won't get me to eat it ever again. Once is enough!

The Correspondent said...

I've eaten cilantro in different dishes, but never really paid much attention to it.

Now I've got to go get some and take the Cilantro Test. :-)

Edi said...

As I said some people love it and others hate it :)