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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 10:21:56 AM  
I went on a cruise once and the ships TexMex restaurant apparently used mint instead of cilantro. It looked right but tasted awful! We figured they were making it by looking at pictures and grabbed the wrong green thing.
 
2013-09-12 10:23:34 AM  
Fun fact: 'salsa' means diarrhea in Korean.

/fitting, imo
//got nothing
 
2013-09-12 10:29:41 AM  
I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.
 
2013-09-12 10:30:09 AM  
Pico de Gallo is not salsa.
 
2013-09-12 10:52:50 AM  

Lorelle: Gotta have cilantro.


This. I switched to buying mild salsa years ago because it's loaded with cilantro. Mmmmm.
 
2013-09-12 11:04:31 AM  
LOVE cilantro. It's one of my five favorite things to cook with. (The other four are citrus zest, dill, mustard, and shallot.)
 
2013-09-12 11:11:13 AM  
Let me summarize this article and this thread in one image:

forums.watchuseek.com

I like cilantro, but you don't have to.
 
2013-09-12 11:42:10 AM  

sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.


I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!
 
2013-09-12 11:46:04 AM  

peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!


I think I'll try that.  Thanks!
 
2013-09-12 11:56:58 AM  
Cilantro tastes like mildew smells. The stuff is just nasty!  Funny though, I love the coriander seeds!
 
2013-09-12 12:02:09 PM  
Good to see that it's been pointed out that distaste for cilantro is genetic. I wish I could eat cilantro (I love Mexican cuisine and Vietnamese), but I've got the genetic mutation (and am in the ethnic group with the highest proportion of it, 14.1%: Ashkenazi Jews).
 
2013-09-12 12:03:53 PM  

sandi_fish: peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!

I think I'll try that.  Thanks!


Any time.  It also has the advantage of being easy to grow.
 
2013-09-12 12:15:29 PM  
Paris1127:  Ashkenazi Jews

Gesundheit.
 
2013-09-12 12:17:57 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Let me summarize this article and this thread in one image:

[forums.watchuseek.com image 233x261]

I like cilantro, but you don't have to.


Stop being sensible!
 
2013-09-12 12:18:05 PM  
As others have noted, I don't mind cilantro if it's there in a complimentary proportion, but it seems like the trend is to overdo it.  I'm in Canada right now, and they seem to think every mexican-type dish is either supposed to be drowning in cilantro or ghost-chile hot.  Haven't had decent mexican food for over a year now.  Even the cooking at restaurants with brown people (this far north, I won't assume they're from Mexico) in the kitchen is off.
 
2013-09-12 12:34:32 PM  

Nytfall: As others have noted, I don't mind cilantro if it's there in a complimentary proportion, but it seems like the trend is to overdo it.  I'm in Canada right now, and they seem to think every mexican-type dish is either supposed to be drowning in cilantro or ghost-chile hot.  Haven't had decent mexican food for over a year now.  Even the cooking at restaurants with brown people (this far north, I won't assume they're from Mexico) in the kitchen is off.


Can you make your own?  I don't think I could go a year without it!
 
2013-09-12 12:36:15 PM  

peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!


I use  basil-works great!
 
2013-09-12 12:46:02 PM  

Evil Mackerel: peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!

I use  basil-works great!


That sounds very interesting, I will try it.  Thanks!
 
2013-09-12 12:49:10 PM  

Evil Mackerel: peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!

I use  basil-works great!


Basil sounds good too.  Might be more of a bruschetta vibe then...
 
2013-09-12 12:53:48 PM  
Cilantro isn't that good.  I'm pretty sure I don't have the gene that makes people hate it, but as herbs go, it's just meh.  Even oregano is better.
 
2013-09-12 01:04:13 PM  

sandi_fish: Evil Mackerel: peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!

I use  basil-works great!

Basil sounds good too.  Might be more of a bruschetta vibe then...


If you use Thai basil you'll get more peppery, less herb-y.
 
2013-09-12 01:04:55 PM  

Evil Mackerel: peacheslatour: sandi_fish: I am glad to know that other people besides me and my Mom hate cilantro too.  Why couldn't we use fresh parsley instead?  We could dammit.

I use Italian flat leaf parsley- works great!

I use  basil-works great!


A little bit of basil is awesome in guacamole (in addition to cilantro, imo).
 
2013-09-12 01:37:43 PM  
Thing is, stores sell it in bunches like parsley or some other mild tasting herb.  Unless you are making vat-sized portions, all you ever need is a tiny little bit.  Too many cooks want to use a lot because they have it.

Use the little bit and throw the rest away.  It's not that expensive.
 
2013-09-12 01:48:03 PM  

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Thing is, stores sell it in bunches like parsley or some other mild tasting herb.  Unless you are making vat-sized portions, all you ever need is a tiny little bit.  Too many cooks want to use a lot because they have it.

Use the little bit and throw the rest away.  It's not that expensive.


Or grow some, it's great to be able to grab just what you need.  Although basil can only be grown in the summer around here, but I can have thyme, oregano, parsley and rosemary pretty much all year 'round!
 
2013-09-12 01:51:16 PM  
When I asked for extra cilantro at a Mexican chain restaurant, and the server didn't know what cilantro was, I knew it was time to get outta Boston.
 
2013-09-12 02:12:53 PM  
make me some tea:  yeah F*ck yeah cilantro.

FTFY
 
2013-09-12 02:42:45 PM  

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.


As someone else already noted, it's also called salsa fresca.

AllUpInYa: When I asked for extra cilantro at a Mexican chain restaurant, and the server didn't know what cilantro was, I knew it was time to get outta Boston.


WTF?!?

Cilantro is a common ingredient in REAL Messican food, which is why it isn't found in pseudo-Messican grub such as as that served at Taco Hell.

/cilantro is awesome. Horseradish sucks.
 
2013-09-12 02:45:20 PM  
If your salsa or any of your food requires cilantro, you're doing it wrong.
 
2013-09-12 02:52:49 PM  

ReverendJynxed: If your salsa or any of your food requires cilantro, you're doing it wrong.

Messican.

FTFY.
 
2013-09-12 02:53:47 PM  

superdude72: 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.


I seeded a jalapeno.  Jalapeno was the nickname I gave to this senorita I met in a Tucson bar one evening....
 
2013-09-12 03:29:09 PM  

Maul555: let me guess... An article written by a Californian...  They put cilantro in everything over there...


Pizza. Pizza, FFS!

F*ck you, California Pizza Kitchen.
 
2013-09-12 03:40:39 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Maul555: let me guess... An article written by a Californian...  They put cilantro in everything over there...

Pizza. Pizza, FFS!

F*ck you, California Pizza Kitchen.


God Damn Right!
 
2013-09-12 04:29:58 PM  
I dunno I have the "soap" supertaster genes, then after 10 years of off again on again ear infections I lost it and thanks to the damage it did Cilantro tastes fine. until I got the flu then I got it back, then I lost it again.

The point?

oh there is none just like a pointless article and thread that says there is One true correct way to like or eat anything.
If you like  Ketchup on your steak  go nuts if you like your salsa Cilantroless salsa good on you.

I remember when food articles used to be about exposing people to tastes they may not have tried before rather than trying to declare yourself king of food.

./Steps off my Cilantrobox
 
2013-09-12 04:33:35 PM  
Cilantro is gross. It is a ruiner of perfectly good food.
 
2013-09-12 04:41:17 PM  
I like mexican food. Texmex uses a bit too many peppers, and Calmex uses cilantro. What I dislike is being surprised by cilantro. I know salsa can usually have it, so I try a little bit to see if the taste is too much. My biggest surprise is cilantro in Indian food. Most places I've eaten at don't use it, but occasionally I get a mouthful of awful.
 
2013-09-12 05:58:58 PM  

onzmadi: I dunno I have the "soap" supertaster genes, then after 10 years of off again on again ear infections I lost it and thanks to the damage it did Cilantro tastes fine. until I got the flu then I got it back, then I lost it again.

The point?

oh there is none just like a pointless article and thread that says there is One true correct way to like or eat anything.
If you like  Ketchup on your steak  go nuts if you like your salsa Cilantroless salsa good on you.

I remember when food articles used to be about exposing people to tastes they may not have tried before rather than trying to declare yourself king of food.

./Steps off my Cilantrobox


My father-in-law always orders the most expensive ribeye on the menu.  Well done.  Then he covers it in ketchup.  He thinks spaghetti is noodles, ground beef, and ketchup.  No spices, no mixing those three ingredients until they are on the plate.  He also won't eat cilantro, but that has more to do with it being green than it tasting like soap.  I don't have a point, really.  Other than that I hate dining with my in-laws.
 
2013-09-12 08:25:07 PM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: 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.


Mine is growing in an old bathtub in the yard (why yes, we are rather trashy, thanks) where I think it gets its toes nice and warm and stays well-drained.  I'm hoping to put together a cold frame so I can try growing some before and after the usual Oregon growing season.
 
2013-09-12 08:33:59 PM  

Nytfall: As others have noted, I don't mind cilantro if it's there in a complimentary proportion, but it seems like the trend is to overdo it.  I'm in Canada right now, and they seem to think every mexican-type dish is either supposed to be drowning in cilantro or ghost-chile hot.  Haven't had decent mexican food for over a year now.  Even the cooking at restaurants with brown people (this far north, I won't assume they're from Mexico) in the kitchen is off.



One of the reasons we chose to stay in North America versus going to Europe was the lack of Mexican food in Europe.

Not that Atlanta has much good Mexican food, but it's better than nothing.
 
2013-09-12 08:47:10 PM  

PainfulItching: 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.




Beets?

Pure dirt.
 
2013-09-12 08:50:30 PM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: 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.




Cilantro is made from soap here. Dr. Pepper tastes like crappy almonds.
 
2013-09-12 08:51:58 PM  

instantwin: 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.




It's funny, I have noticed that my fat friends seem to love the cilantro.

/fuk that soapy devils weed
 
2013-09-12 08:53:05 PM  

Necronic: 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)




Meh, on a soggy, partially toasted tortilla. Yeah.

/meh
//make mine texmex
 
2013-09-12 09:27:52 PM  
... researchers reported success in removing lead and nickel with their cilantro filters, and are studying how well the herb can removed other heavy metals found in the Tule Valley water such as arsenic and mercury. "We are hoping we can look at how cilantro absorbs those metals, and see if those metals work in some kind of synergy when they come into contact with the biomass," says Schauer. "We need to look at mixtures of metals to see if cilantro evenly pulls all the metals out."
How much cilantro would it take to effective make contaminated water drinkable? Schauer says a handful of cilantro will nearly cleanse a pitcher full of highly contaminated water of its lead content.

/came here to say this.
 
2013-09-12 09:54:02 PM  

arkansized: ... researchers reported success in removing lead and nickel with their cilantro filters, and are studying how well the herb can removed other heavy metals found in the Tule Valley water such as arsenic and mercury. "We are hoping we can look at how cilantro absorbs those metals, and see if those metals work in some kind of synergy when they come into contact with the biomass," says Schauer. "We need to look at mixtures of metals to see if cilantro evenly pulls all the metals out."
How much cilantro would it take to effective make contaminated water drinkable? Schauer says a handful of cilantro will nearly cleanse a pitcher full of highly contaminated water of its lead content.

/came here to say this.




No wonder that shiat tastes so foul.
 
2013-09-12 10:34:33 PM  

basemetal: 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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... or that.
 
2013-09-12 10:56:19 PM  
I think theJets should give Dobson a Jets jersey. He certainly earned it.
 
2013-09-12 10:56:54 PM  
Woops, wrong thread
 
2013-09-13 12:43:56 AM  
Cilantro's awesome - if you have the appropriate genetics. Same thing with thyme - some folks don't handle thyme well, either.
 
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