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(Slate)   The latest thing people are doing wrong? Making salsa. Apparently, people don't automatically add the deliciousness that is cilantro   (slate.com) divider line 198
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2013-09-12 08:23:12 AM
The most overrated herb in the garden.  F*ck cilantro.
 
2013-09-12 08:23:27 AM
Cilantro was created by the devil to ruin perfectly good food.
 
2013-09-12 08:25:31 AM
TFA annoyed me for using Spanish words for months for no reason in an English article.  "Agosto," "septiembre",.. how cute. Really? And I speak Spanish.  It just goes to show where the author's priorities are.  Slate.
 
2013-09-12 08:28:14 AM
My Guac has a couple tablespoons of Rotel, couple shakes of black pepper, and a couple dashes of Garlic Salt.  Squeeze of Lime.  It is perfect.

Not sure what you freakazoids are doing with this other weed business.


For the sake of comparison, I will put some Cilantro into my next batch and see how it goes.  See?  I can try new things.
 
2013-09-12 08:31:03 AM

IBreakdance2NIN: Being Mexican, cilantro was always always always around growing up. Never knew anyone hated it until I moved to New Orleans for school, and I met people who described the "soapy" taste. Funny enough, it's not their fault their genes are all f*cked up. :shrug:

Gotta have it in salsa, guac, pico, and many Asian dishes - but yeah, a little goes a long way. Don't drown my tacos in it, and don't add it to my salad mix (looking at you, Kroger).


and I hated it like the plague. It did not taste like soap, but like a vile weed picked from the side of a highway.
 
2013-09-12 08:31:23 AM

basemetal: The devil's evil soap weed is not necessary.




No one needs evil soap weed.
 
2013-09-12 08:31:49 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.

I find Irish Spring has a more similar flavor

/finely shredded, of course


You people have bad genes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/14/dining/14curious.html?_r=0
 
2013-09-12 08:32:17 AM
Who the hell wouldn't add cilantro to salsa? That doesn't even compute.
 
2013-09-12 08:35:33 AM
You people who taste soap when eating cilantro are genetically inferior
 
2013-09-12 08:36:10 AM

Notabunny: CraicBaby: If you think cilantro tastes like soap, it means you have a defective gene. Seriously.

No super powers for the anosmic.


People who think it tastes good have the defective gene in my opinion.
 
2013-09-12 08:36:47 AM

Rhino_man: basemetal: [farm6.staticflickr.com image 640x480][farm8.staticflickr.com image 640x480][farm4.staticflickr.com image 640x480]

The wife canned me some special salsa last night.  We named it "say my name" salsa in that after eating it, I would scream her name the next morning when I pooped./I suggested Heisenberg salsa, but she didn't get it.

You can either know the consistency of your next shiat, or when/where you will be when it comes out, but not both?


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2013-09-12 08:38:33 AM

The_Sponge: I stick motherfarkin' cilantro in my socks at night, so they smell like your sister's crotch in the morning.


Really?  I stick my socks in your sister's crotch at night, so they smell like cilantro in the morning.

/Small world!
 
2013-09-12 08:38:38 AM

IdBeCrazyIf: You people who taste soap when eating cilantro are genetically inferior


Actually, we are genetically superior super tasters.  We don't have to be hit over the head with ingredients to taste them like all of you loosers.

/yes, loosers
 
2013-09-12 08:41:52 AM
I love cilantro. But I prefer a habanero salsa.
 
2013-09-12 08:42:39 AM
The global distribution of bed bugs can also be traced to their 
naming. In ancient Rome, bed bugs were called Cimex (meaning 
"bug"), while the species designation lectularius referredtoabedor
couch. The early Greek term for bed bug was coris, meaning "to bite," 
from which the word coriander comes. One of civilization's oldest 
spices, coriander (cilantro) was probably so named because when the 
leaves and unripe seeds are crushed,the pungent smell resembled
that of bed bugs (Encyclopedia of Spices 2010)
 
2013-09-12 08:43:15 AM

basemetal: Actually, we are genetically superior super tasters. We don't have to be hit over the head with ingredients to taste them like all of you loosers.


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2013-09-12 08:44:37 AM
The first time I had cilantro was in a Vietnamese restaurant with rude waitstaff. I got a soup and it was so bad I only tried it twice. My Vietnamese girlfriend suggested I order something else, but it was obvious to me at the time, that no, they really don't like me there. If they ruined that dish, surely they're ruin the next one too. I didn't know it was cilantro at the time, but I never forgot that first taste.
 
2013-09-12 08:47:33 AM

JollyMagistrate: REMEMBER: There is a genetic mutation in some people that causes varieties of coriander and cilantro to taste unpleasant. A minority of people find the taste and smell reminiscent of soap for genetic reasons, with another smaller group being unable to taste or smell anything from the plant.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coriander#Variation_in_taste_response

The article says minority, but this thread indicates a nearly perfect 50/50 distribution between people capable of tasting the beauty of the spice, and those who think fat and salt is all there's needed as flavor.
 
2013-09-12 08:50:16 AM
Cilantro tastes like skunk ass. (Or so I'm told.)
 
2013-09-12 08:50:32 AM
Who the fark bothers to seed jalapenos? If a jalapeno is too hot for you, maybe you should give up on salsa and use ketchup instead.
 
2013-09-12 08:50:35 AM

ransack.: CraicBaby: If you think cilantro tastes like soap, it means you have a defective gene. Seriously.

Racist. Different genes from yours are 'defective'?


When they prevent you from savoring the awesomeness of cilantro, then yes, yes they are. It's like having a genetic defect in your eyes that don't let you see porn.
 
2013-09-12 08:51:01 AM
Anyone who likes cilantro, I encourage you to find a culantro plant to add to your herb garden.

It tastes like a kicked-up version of cilantro.  However, the leaves are a bit coarser, so I'd mostly use it with cooking -- or just make sure to chop it really fine.
 
2013-09-12 08:53:43 AM
FTFA: The first thing you chop should be your onion, so you can give the onion pieces a chance to soak in room-temperature water while you're chopping the other vegetables. Unsoaked onions have a tendency to make everything in their vicinity taste like burning;

I stopped reading right there, when I realized that the author has no idea how to make salsa, or cook, probably.

Your blog sucks, Ralph.

t.qkme.me
 
2013-09-12 08:56:25 AM

Ed Grubermann: And for good reason. Cilantro tastes like leafy ass.


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2013-09-12 08:57:25 AM

Mr. Cat Poop: ransack.: CraicBaby: If you think cilantro tastes like soap, it means you have a defective gene. Seriously.

Racist. Different genes from yours are 'defective'?

When they prevent you from savoring the awesomeness of cilantro, then yes, yes they are. It's like having a genetic defect in your eyes that don't let you see porn.


Yes, cilantro tastes like athlete's foot to me. Also most fryer oil, unless it is very fresh, is distinctly bitter. Some people are genetically sensitive to certain flavors, sometimes called supertasters, used in product testing. For me, everything has a level of bitter. Even pure sugar. It's a matter of degree. Those "earthy flavors" in vegetables like black eyed peas? Might as well be asphalt. Can't get them down.
 
2013-09-12 09:01:44 AM
cilantro is de debil
 
2013-09-12 09:05:02 AM
Cilantro fixation?  Has to be a young white girl

(looks at author profile)

Yup.  Self-described "twenty-something urban-dwelling bobo".
 
2013-09-12 09:19:04 AM

CraicBaby: If you think cilantro tastes like soap, it means you have a defective gene. Seriously.


No
"Flavor chemists have found that cilantro aroma is created by a half-dozen or so substances, and most of these are modified fragments of fat molecules called aldehydes. The same or similar aldehydes are also found in soaps and lotions and the bug family of insects.Soaps are made by fragmenting fat molecules with strongly alkaline lye or its equivalent, and aldehydes are a byproduct of this process, as they are when oxygen in the air attacks the fats and oils in cosmetics. And many bugs make strong-smelling, aldehyde-rich body fluids to attract or repel other creatures."
That is what I'm tasting when you feed me Cilantro.  Enjoy your soapy bugs.
 
2013-09-12 09:25:54 AM
You know what goes great with cilantro? Agent Orange.
 
2013-09-12 09:37:13 AM

Lorelle: basemetal: The devil's evil soap weed is not necessary.

Bullshiat. Without cilantro, it isn't pico de gallo.


And pico de gallo isn't salsa.
 
2013-09-12 09:38:49 AM
Let me tell you about some Cilantro.  My mother made salsa when I was in high school  She loved the stuff.  You know what the ingredients were by volume?  Tomato, cilantro, vinegar, onion.  You know what it tasted like?
Ass.  It tastes like ass.  I've eaten ass, it's only appealing if you're about to be on the delivering end of anal sex.

Now this in and of itself does not harbor a hatred for cilantro.  What does is having her both put the salsa on every batch of chicken she made for six months.  She also put cilantro in farking EVERYTHING for about a year solid.  Everything tasted like cilantro.  This, for some reason, was a trend in popular cooking for about 10 years.  Why all of a sudden everyone decided that kneeling down and sucking the wang of
cilantro was a brilliant idea, I don't know.  I didn't have a problem when they put dill in everything in walking distance or when they covered everything with basil pesto and sundried tomatos (I blame california for that one), or when they insisted that everything with red meat needed sage.  The cilantro I couldn't STAND.

To be clear, I don't think it tastes like soap, I think it tastes like someone infused random herbage into vinegar and then bottled it.  It's like someone boiled down parsley until it was unbearable and went "great idea" and everyone went for it.  I don't know why.  If I smell it, taste it, or clearly see it I will not be eating your food.  Don't tell me it's there and if I can't tell you're doing it right.  If I can ID cilantro in your cooking from 50 paces, take it down about eleventy notches.
 
2013-09-12 09:39:01 AM
Studies say there may be a minor genetic component, but it's more in your head:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/14/161057954/love-to-hate-c il antro-its-in-your-genes-and-maybe-in-your-head

"When they searched the people's DNA for regions that correlate with a distaste for the herb, a single spot jumped out. And, it sits right next to a cluster of odor-detecting genes, including one that is known to specifically recognize the soapy aromas in cilantro's bouquet... but, it didn't make a huge a difference in cilantro preference from person to person...these studies demonstrate that DNA does shape our opinion of cilantro, but probably not enough that we can't overcome it...McGee offers a strategy for building up an appreciation for the herb: Try a cilantro pesto. Crushing the leaves, he says, releases enzymes that convert the soapy, stinky compounds into more mild aromas.
 
2013-09-12 09:42:13 AM

Alphakronik: Lorelle: basemetal: The devil's evil soap weed is not necessary.

Bullshiat. Without cilantro, it isn't pico de gallo.

And pico de gallo isn't salsa.


Came to say this.  I hate ordering chips and salsa only to be served chips and pico de gallo.  If I wanted a lazy pile of chopped taco toppings, on second thought, no, I have never wanted to be served pico de gallo.
 
2013-09-12 09:46:19 AM
I wonder if there's any connection between the cilantro good taste/bad taste people and those who can smell bitter almonds/arsenic?  Only about 40% of the population can smell bitter almonds.

hm.....I'll google later if I get time.
 
2013-09-12 09:46:36 AM

max_pooper: big pig peaches: MythDragon: doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.

This. Fark cilantro. It tastes like soap to me.

Try chopping very fine. It activates some kind of enzymes and the soapy taste goes away.

Forget where I heard that but it works. Probably Alton Brown.

CBS time: a few years ago I had some folks over for a Saturday afternoon of college football. I had made fish tacos to nosh on. My old neighbor was raving about how good the fish was and he asked how I made it. I told him I put lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cilantro in the food processor and then smeared the paste on the mahi-mahi before grilling. His jaw dropped. He said he hated cilantro but loved the fish tacos.

/cilantro haters are stupid


I used to hate it also. Fought with my wife all the time about putting it in the guacamole, but she just tore off big chunks of leaves and tossed it in. Once I started chopping it fine we both agreed it was the best guac ever. It's always a big hit when she makes it for parties. Inevitably someone makes a comment how it's so much better than guacamole with cilantro in it.
 
2013-09-12 09:47:08 AM
All you anti-cilantro heathens probably think a taco should have lettuce, tomato, and yellow cheese on it.   Proper taco has cilantro and onions on it, maybe with some onions.

Shun the unbelievers.  Shunnnnnnnnnnn

(also yeah Pico isn't really salsa)
 
2013-09-12 09:48:56 AM
*maybe with some lime on it.

Meant to say lime.
 
Biv
2013-09-12 09:50:31 AM

violentsalvation: I'm fine with cilantro, but f*ck, a little bit goes a long way. A half a cup is really excessive.


Seriously, I'm not a full on hater, but reduce that to a tablespoon, at most.
 
2013-09-12 09:53:25 AM
instantwin:
The article says minority, but this thread indicates a nearly perfect 50/50 distribution between people capable of tasting the beauty of the spice, and those who think fat and salt is all there's needed as flavor.

I noticed that, too.  Until this thread, I didn't know anyone who didn't absolutely love cilantro.
 
2013-09-12 09:54:20 AM

Dallymo: I.  Love.  Cilantro.

Mine has gone to seed for this year, and next year I will have so much more cilantro.


Do you have any tips for growing cilantro? I've tried it in the sun, in the shade, and indoors, but it goes to seed right away.

/I go through a lot of cilantro, so it would save me money to just grow my own
 
Biv
2013-09-12 09:59:30 AM

max_pooper: big pig peaches: MythDragon: doglover: Ivory dishwashingv liquid is cheaper.

This. Fark cilantro. It tastes like soap to me.

Try chopping very fine. It activates some kind of enzymes and the soapy taste goes away.

Forget where I heard that but it works. Probably Alton Brown.

CBS time: a few years ago I had some folks over for a Saturday afternoon of college football. I had made fish tacos to nosh on. My old neighbor was raving about how good the fish was and he asked how I made it. I told him I put lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cilantro in the food processor and then smeared the paste on the mahi-mahi before grilling. His jaw dropped. He said he hated cilantro but loved the fish tacos.

/cilantro haters are stupid


That wierd chemical that tastes like soap to many and makes it completely overpowering to others is also very chemically active.  That's why I like it in salsa, where it's got all mixy with the other ingredients but will kill the taco truck guy if he pollutes my Cabesa tacos with it.
 
2013-09-12 10:02:12 AM

sweetmelissa31: Dallymo: I.  Love.  Cilantro.

Mine has gone to seed for this year, and next year I will have so much more cilantro.

Do you have any tips for growing cilantro? I've tried it in the sun, in the shade, and indoors, but it goes to seed right away.

/I go through a lot of cilantro, so it would save me money to just grow my own


I know you weren't asking me, but I've found that if I treat my cilantro like my peppers, it does well.  Well drained soil, and hot hot HOT soil.  Like punch holes in a black garbage bag and lay over the soil hot.  I started doing that a couple years ago after a horticulturist told me that tomatoes and peppers really like the soil around them hot.  It has worked, at least in my very poor but well drained soil.  Other than that, I ignore it and only water when it's really bad like now when we haven't had a drop of rain in 5 weeks and 90+ temps nearly every day.
 
2013-09-12 10:02:24 AM
I love cilantro so much I want to roll around naked in it and then hate-f*ck all you haters.

Papalo, on the other hand, tastes like ditchweed watered with Satan's bathwater.
 
2013-09-12 10:06:31 AM

sweetmelissa31: tips for growing cilantro?


Jumping in here to suggest staggered planting. It really extends the season. And when it does flower, you can let it go to seed and plant the seeds (or let them fall) and you get another crop.
 
2013-09-12 10:10:22 AM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: I know you weren't asking me, but I've found that if I treat my cilantro like my peppers, it does well. Well drained soil, and hot hot HOT soil. Like punch holes in a black garbage bag and lay over the soil hot. I started doing that a couple years ago after a horticulturist told me that tomatoes and peppers really like the soil around them hot. It has worked, at least in my very poor but well drained soil. Other than that, I ignore it and only water when it's really bad like now when we haven't had a drop of rain in 5 weeks and 90+ temps nearly every day.


Thanks! I've also had problems with peppers, maybe for the same reason (tomatoes have been great though). I actually was thinking the soil was too hot, but I guess it could have been the opposite problem.
 
2013-09-12 10:10:37 AM
All of you genetic defectives who think cilantro tastes like soap should look on the bright side: if a recipe calls for fresh cilantro and you have none; just use soap instead. Win!
 
2013-09-12 10:11:06 AM

someonelse: I love cilantro so much I want to roll around naked in it and then hate-f*ck all you haters.

Papalo, on the other hand, tastes like ditchweed watered with

Satan's bathwater.

Crap.  That would have been a better login.
 
2013-09-12 10:12:55 AM
I'm in the no cilantro group. It doesn't matter what people do to mask, or transform the taste of the evil weed. I can taste that crap in food that has been prepared in a bowl previously containing cilantro. The stuff tastes like Palmolive.
 
2013-09-12 10:17:43 AM
But subbys, somes peoples ams allergic to cilantros.

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2013-09-12 10:19:33 AM
When I lived in Texas, one year I planted some cilantro in back.It took hold, and became a scourge,coming back after digging up, and fire. Roundup finally did it, after repeated applications. Rwther buy it as I need it, than deal with that headache.
 
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