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2021-12-08 5:57:06 PM  
Yes

/ next question
 
2021-12-08 6:42:02 PM  
Moldy dishrag.
 
2021-12-08 7:17:05 PM  
"Cilantro tastes like soap" is the worst mutant gene ever. Geez what are you gonna do when the sentinels comes calling, huh? Throw a bunch of herbs at them? No wonder Professor X never made you an X-Man
 
2021-12-08 7:32:47 PM  

no1curr: "Cilantro tastes like soap" is the worst mutant gene ever. Geez what are you gonna do when the sentinels comes calling, huh? Throw a bunch of herbs at them? No wonder Professor X never made you an X-Man


The people who can roll their tongues are more useful.
 
2021-12-08 7:46:11 PM  

FrancoFile: no1curr: "Cilantro tastes like soap" is the worst mutant gene ever. Geez what are you gonna do when the sentinels comes calling, huh? Throw a bunch of herbs at them? No wonder Professor X never made you an X-Man

The people who can roll their tongues are more useful.


Thank God I can do both then!
 
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2021-12-08 7:52:16 PM  
I'm not a cilantro soap person, but it is used VERY sparingly in my cooking, because it can become overwhelming very easily
 
2021-12-08 7:58:31 PM  
I can put up with small amounts of cilantro in salsa. Other than that, keep that shiat away from my food. I don't think it tastes like soap, but I don't like it.
 
2021-12-08 8:09:09 PM  
Always wondered if coriander also tastes like soap since it's from the same plant.  Any soap tasters confirm or deny?
 
2021-12-08 8:17:02 PM  
? WTF?  Cilantro doesn't taste like anything.  Except green. Like lettuce and spinach such
 
2021-12-08 8:18:00 PM  
It's not quite like soap. It's like.... you ever eat something that had too much citrus? Like a really strong citric acid taste, almost burning your tongue. Beyond way too tangy, it's concentrated citric acid without the fruity flavor.

That's cilantro to me. Dish detergent doesn't come close to describing how revolting it is. It's more than a just a bad taste, just the mere smell of it is painful.
 
2021-12-08 8:21:44 PM  

Ishkur: It's not quite like soap. It's like.... you ever eat something that had too much citrus? Like a really strong citric acid taste, almost burning your tongue. Beyond way too tangy, it's concentrated citric acid without the fruity flavor.

That's cilantro to me. Dish detergent doesn't come close to describing how revolting it is. It's more than a just a bad taste, just the mere smell of it is painful.


😳
 
2021-12-08 8:24:42 PM  

waxbeans: ? WTF?  Cilantro doesn't taste like anything.  Except green. Like lettuce and spinach such


does your sense of smell not function? cilantro tastes like it smells, which is extremely different than spinach or lettuce. if you're ever at the store wondering "am i holding cilantro or parsley?" the smell will instantly tell you.

i love cilantro with tomatoes, and i have a cold eggplant caviar recipe that MUST include fresh cilantro.

that's the thing, it must be fresh (or even those frozen spice and oil cubes) but dried cilantro is useless.

also, when buying it in a large bunch at the store USE those young and tender stems! they don't go all limp in your salsa like the leaves, and they have a pleasant juicy crunch when chopped small.
 
2021-12-08 8:34:34 PM  

waxbeans: ? WTF?  Cilantro doesn't taste like anything.  Except green. Like lettuce and spinach such


Spinach tastes awful and I do not understand why people voluntarily put it in their mouths.  While never actually tasted soap, cilantro has a taste quite like the smell of soap.  Lettuce is just there with not much taste and is a waste of time.
 
2021-12-08 8:51:13 PM  
Cilantro tastes like when you stick a 9-volt battery on your tongue. Which I kind of like, strangely.
 
2021-12-08 8:51:55 PM  
Chipotle - which offers cilantro on many of its menu items - has come up with a fun concept to hammer cilantro hatred home: literal Cilantro Soap.

See, that's simply amusing right there. No fuss, no muss, just poking fun at the inferior.
 
2021-12-08 9:02:28 PM  
somewhere between 4 and 14 percent of people find that the leafy green herb tastes like soap.

OK, now watch this... I'll bet that the total count of posters that claim "celantro tastes like soap" will be WAY more than than the 10% that actually exist in a random sampling of the population.
The only two hypothesisesis that I have are that "celantro tastes like soap" is a prerequisite to being a farker, or that farkers inherently need to be "that special one".
Take your pick.

What I'm actually more interested in is if there is a genetic concentration/geographic location that is a source of the gene. For example, Scottish people or Estonians are of the CTLS group, as are their descendants more likely to be.
Perhaps we could develop a gene therapy to cure it so the rest of us don't have to hear the constant whining about it from 10% of the population... kinds like vegans or crossfitters. *shrug*
 
2021-12-08 9:07:24 PM  

Percise1: somewhere between 4 and 14 percent of people find that the leafy green herb tastes like soap.

OK, now watch this... I'll bet that the total count of posters that claim "celantro tastes like soap" will be WAY more than than the 10% that actually exist in a random sampling of the population.
The only two hypothesisesis that I have are that "celantro tastes like soap" is a prerequisite to being a farker, or that farkers inherently need to be "that special one".
Take your pick.

What I'm actually more interested in is if there is a genetic concentration/geographic location that is a source of the gene. For example, Scottish people or Estonians are of the CTLS group, as are their descendants more likely to be.
Perhaps we could develop a gene therapy to cure it so the rest of us don't have to hear the constant whining about it from 10% of the population... kinds like vegans or crossfitters. *shrug*


I could see how people think it tastes like soap. It doesn't to me, but maybe 4-14 percent of people grew up with one particular brand of soap?
 
2021-12-08 9:07:35 PM  
The article is from last week, and the soap sold out days ago.
 
2021-12-08 9:11:01 PM  

luna1580: waxbeans: ? WTF?  Cilantro doesn't taste like anything.  Except green. Like lettuce and spinach such

does your sense of smell not function? cilantro tastes like it smells, which is extremely different than spinach or lettuce. if you're ever at the store wondering "am i holding cilantro or parsley?" the smell will instantly tell you.

i love cilantro with tomatoes, and i have a cold eggplant caviar recipe that MUST include fresh cilantro.

that's the thing, it must be fresh (or even those frozen spice and oil cubes) but dried cilantro is useless.

also, when buying it in a large bunch at the store USE those young and tender stems! they don't go all limp in your salsa like the leaves, and they have a pleasant juicy crunch when chopped small.


Whhhhhhhat. I use cilantro, and parsley interchangeable when I don't like the look of the green onions or the chives.  Or can't find them.
And why would I sniff leaves? You're odd. 😆🤷😳🤷🤷😆😁
 
2021-12-08 9:12:35 PM  
Cilantro is divine. I wasn't raised with it either - didn't start eating dishes that use it until my 20s.

Fresher cilantro is, the better. The flavor turns soapier over time.

Don't bother plucking the leaves, it's a waste of time because the stems are tasty, too.
 
2021-12-08 9:12:58 PM  

Moniker o' Shame: waxbeans: ? WTF?  Cilantro doesn't taste like anything.  Except green. Like lettuce and spinach such

Spinach tastes awful and I do not understand why people voluntarily put it in their mouths.  While never actually tasted soap, cilantro has a taste quite like the smell of soap.  Lettuce is just there with not much taste and is a waste of time.


What i want to know is why does anyone know what soap taste like? Dawn dish soap smell disgusting so I definitely would not taste it.
 
2021-12-08 9:14:37 PM  

skyotter: The article is from last week, and the soap sold out days ago.


🥺😭
 
2021-12-08 9:14:47 PM  
I will buy a baguette, some laughing cow cheese, and a bunch of fresh cilantro and just snack on that.

Cilantro is so good. Om mom mom.
 
2021-12-08 9:18:22 PM  
Crema
Lime (zest and juice)
Salt
Cilantro (stems and leaves, finely chopped)

That sauce will make anything off the charcoal grill taste even better. You can eat the lump charcoal w/ that stuff and it'd be pretty good.
 
2021-12-08 9:19:02 PM  

majestic: Cilantro tastes like when you stick a 9-volt battery on your tongue. Which I kind of like, strangely.


No, that's Szechuan pepper
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sichuan_pepper
 
2021-12-08 9:19:17 PM  
eight bucks for a bar of soap? i have a friend who makes her own, the best is made with tons of peppermint oil and smells wonderful when my lady gets out of the tub after a nice scrub with it...
 
2021-12-08 9:19:48 PM  

Percise1: What I'm actually more interested in is if there is a genetic concentration/geographic location that is a source of the gene. For example, Scottish people or Estonians are of the CTLS group, as are their descendants more likely to be.
Perhaps we could develop a gene therapy to cure it so the rest of us don't have to hear the constant whining about it from 10% of the population... kinds like vegans or crossfitters. *shrug*


Here is a "study" summary from some genetics company:  "Study"
 
2021-12-08 9:20:25 PM  

skiinstructor: eight bucks for a bar of soap? i have a friend who makes her own, the best is made with tons of peppermint oil and smells wonderful when my lady gets out of the tub after a nice scrub with it...


and it runs 2 to 4 bucks a bar based on weight...
 
2021-12-08 9:22:19 PM  
"If there were ever a super power to steer clear of, the ability to smell the unique, pungent aroma that asparagus gives urine would probably be high on the list. "

I admit, I thought only certain people had the genes to make asparagus urine stink.  Neither my wife or I can smell the compounds.

Much easier to avoid than cilantro.
 
2021-12-08 9:22:36 PM  

waxbeans: luna1580: waxbeans: ? WTF?  Cilantro doesn't taste like anything.  Except green. Like lettuce and spinach such

does your sense of smell not function? cilantro tastes like it smells, which is extremely different than spinach or lettuce. if you're ever at the store wondering "am i holding cilantro or parsley?" the smell will instantly tell you.

i love cilantro with tomatoes, and i have a cold eggplant caviar recipe that MUST include fresh cilantro.

that's the thing, it must be fresh (or even those frozen spice and oil cubes) but dried cilantro is useless.

also, when buying it in a large bunch at the store USE those young and tender stems! they don't go all limp in your salsa like the leaves, and they have a pleasant juicy crunch when chopped small.

Whhhhhhhat. I use cilantro, and parsley interchangeable when I don't like the look of the green onions or the chives.  Or can't find them.
And why would I sniff leaves? You're odd. 😆🤷😳🤷🤷😆😁


waxy, i'm aware MANY things are wrong with you, but it really seems you have an unnaturally diminished sense of smell and taste. and you're certainly old enough to have been tasting cilantro and parsley way before covid robbed people of their sense of smell and taste.....

parsley and cilantro are NOT interchangeable! no matter if you love or hate it, the taste and aroma of cilantro are distinctive. and you don't need to "sniff leaves" -when you grab a bunch to bag it up the scent of cilantro will drift up to you pretty much unavoidably.

what other foods have "no taste" to you? do you perceive hot chiles as spicy? black coffee as bitter? honey as sweet?

this is fascinating.
 
2021-12-08 9:33:31 PM  

luna1580: waxbeans: luna1580: waxbeans: ? WTF?  Cilantro doesn't taste like anything.  Except green. Like lettuce and spinach such

does your sense of smell not function? cilantro tastes like it smells, which is extremely different than spinach or lettuce. if you're ever at the store wondering "am i holding cilantro or parsley?" the smell will instantly tell you.

i love cilantro with tomatoes, and i have a cold eggplant caviar recipe that MUST include fresh cilantro.

that's the thing, it must be fresh (or even those frozen spice and oil cubes) but dried cilantro is useless.

also, when buying it in a large bunch at the store USE those young and tender stems! they don't go all limp in your salsa like the leaves, and they have a pleasant juicy crunch when chopped small.

Whhhhhhhat. I use cilantro, and parsley interchangeable when I don't like the look of the green onions or the chives.  Or can't find them.
And why would I sniff leaves? You're odd. 😆🤷😳🤷🤷😆😁

waxy, i'm aware MANY things are wrong with you, but it really seems you have an unnaturally diminished sense of smell and taste. and you're certainly old enough to have been tasting cilantro and parsley way before covid robbed people of their sense of smell and taste.....

parsley and cilantro are NOT interchangeable! no matter if you love or hate it, the taste and aroma of cilantro are distinctive. and you don't need to "sniff leaves" -when you grab a bunch to bag it up the scent of cilantro will drift up to you pretty much unavoidably.

what other foods have "no taste" to you? do you perceive hot chiles as spicy? black coffee as bitter? honey as sweet?

this is fascinating.


I perceive any sort of sugar/sweetener as super-duper sweet since I gave up sweets years ago. Someone conned me into trying a Krispy-Kreme original glazed donut and I almost had a stroke after one bite.

And don't get me started on the salt in everything. Or HFCS.
 
2021-12-08 9:47:19 PM  
Cilantro is the worst.
 
2021-12-08 9:48:37 PM  
It has a nice, piquant, after-dinner flavor.

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2021-12-08 9:54:59 PM  

luna1580: .

what other foods have "no taste" to you? do you perceive hot chiles as spicy? black coffee as bitter? honey as sweet?

this is fascinating.


Wait.
Habenro, ghost, and jalapeño peppers all tastes different.   Habenro tastes like chemical pain. Ghost taste like earth and carbon.  Jalapeño taste like bell pepper.

Coffee is only bitter if you don't know how to brew it. I do pour over. Also light roast.

Honey taste like sweet plastic and sticky.

Flavor taste like texture and colors to me.
Like cannabis, spinach and what not taste green.
Carrots taste like sweeted potato.  And sweet potatoes taste like dirt.


On a side note. I didn't know gummy bears and other gummies have flavors. They only tastes sweet to me.
Oreos suck too salty. Except Most Stuf.
Gin is gross tastes like rubbing alcohol.
EverClear tastes like grapes.
 
2021-12-08 10:13:55 PM  

Ishkur: It's not quite like soap. It's like.... you ever eat something that had too much citrus? Like a really strong citric acid taste, almost burning your tongue. Beyond way too tangy, it's concentrated citric acid without the fruity flavor.

That's cilantro to me. Dish detergent doesn't come close to describing how revolting it is. It's more than a just a bad taste, just the mere smell of it is painful.


And  the stench stays embedded in your nose for days after.
One of my nanny jobs' boss loved cilantro in most meals she got me to cook. Ew.
Luckily  she rarely asked me to cook anything for her and her husband. I was solely in charge of feeding the 2 boys and of course baking treats. Even after I left, she'd pay for a few hrs work of biscuit production for their freezer every few weeks
 
2021-12-08 10:50:32 PM  

luna1580: waxbeans: ? WTF?  Cilantro doesn't taste like anything.  Except green. Like lettuce and spinach such

does your sense of smell not function? cilantro tastes like it smells, which is extremely different than spinach or lettuce. if you're ever at the store wondering "am i holding cilantro or parsley?" the smell will instantly tell you.

i love cilantro with tomatoes, and i have a cold eggplant caviar recipe that MUST include fresh cilantro.

that's the thing, it must be fresh (or even those frozen spice and oil cubes) but dried cilantro is useless.

also, when buying it in a large bunch at the store USE those young and tender stems! they don't go all limp in your salsa like the leaves, and they have a pleasant juicy crunch when chopped small.


And use those stems as the herb base in green curry paste!
 
2021-12-09 12:37:57 AM  
I've never eaten a bedbug, but I'm told they taste like bedbugs.
 
2021-12-09 12:42:16 AM  

cookiedough: I was solely in charge of feeding the 2 boys and of course baking treats. Even after I left, she'd pay for a few hrs work of biscuit production for their freezer every few weeks


Username checks out.
 
2021-12-09 12:55:05 AM  
this thread really has everything!

olrasputin: And use those stems as the herb base in green curry paste!


I use the stems for green chutney, same deal!

/the hell is even wrong with people
//

no1curr: worst mutant gene ever

///oh right lol
 
2021-12-09 12:55:50 AM  
farking Fark formatting
 
2021-12-09 1:06:36 AM  
Cilantro also works great as a salad green

/Fresh herbs salad is da best salad
 
2021-12-09 4:18:13 AM  
beef tongue tacos with cilantro, onions and lime is one of my favorite foods (needs the tomatillo salsa as well).
I am on team cilantro.
 
2021-12-09 7:20:39 AM  

olrasputin: luna1580: waxbeans: ? WTF?  Cilantro dosesn't taste like anything.  Except green. Like lettuce and spinach such

does your sense of smell not function? cilantro tastes like it smells, which is extremely different than spinach or lettuce. if you're ever at the store wondering "am i holding cilantro or parsley?" the smell will instantly tell you.

i love cilantro with tomatoes, and i have a cold eggplant caviar recipe that MUST include fresh cilantro.

that's the thing, it must be fresh (or even those frozen spice and oil cubes) but dried cilantro is useless.

also, when buying it in a large bunch at the store USE those young and tender stems! they don't go all limp in your salsa like the leaves, and they have a pleasant juicy crunch when chopped small.

And use those stems as the herb base in green curry paste!


Stems? Leaves? It all gets the chops and goes into the dishia

then when plated it usually gets a sprinkle of more fresh for good measure.

I frigging love cilantro.
 
2021-12-09 8:16:11 AM  

dumbobruni: Cilantro also works great as a salad green

/Fresh herbs salad is da best salad


See. This.
 
2021-12-09 8:46:38 AM  
I'm thinking that the cilantro debate shouldn't be binary; cilantro good or cilantro bad. there has to be degrees of soapiness detection. I, for one, can taste a soap taste in cilantro, but it isn't severe. I didn't like it as a kid, but over time learned to love it, even though I can still taste that soap in the background.

Street tacos, pico de gallo, green sauce....I can't imagine life without these things and cilantro is a major player in their deliciousness.
 
2021-12-09 8:47:46 AM  

waxbeans: luna1580: .

what other foods have "no taste" to you? do you perceive hot chiles as spicy? black coffee as bitter? honey as sweet?

this is fascinating.

Wait.
Habenro, ghost, and jalapeño peppers all tastes different.   Habenro tastes like chemical pain. Ghost taste like earth and carbon.  Jalapeño taste like bell pepper.

Coffee is only bitter if you don't know how to brew it. I do pour over. Also light roast.

Honey taste like sweet plastic and sticky.

Flavor taste like texture and colors to me.
Like cannabis, spinach and what not taste green.
Carrots taste like sweeted potato.  And sweet potatoes taste like dirt.


On a side note. I didn't know gummy bears and other gummies have flavors. They only tastes sweet to me.
Oreos suck too salty. Except Most Stuf.
Gin is gross tastes like rubbing alcohol.
EverClear tastes like grapes.


Wow! You have an umm .. intresting palate..
 
2021-12-09 8:48:24 AM  
Oh and cilantro is disgusting and I seriously wish chefs would quit using it so much.
 
2021-12-09 9:44:48 AM  
The real issue with cilantro is in how it is treated.

Don't want the soapy taste?  Stop using the stems!  It is the stems (and the liquid inside) as they get chopped into oblivion that make it taste this way.

When prepping fresh cilantro, pluck the leaves and discard the rest.  Your taste buds will be a lot happier for it.
 
2021-12-09 11:10:23 AM  

waxbeans: What i want to know is why does anyone know what soap taste like?


When we were kids, some of us really liked to swear, but weren't so good at looking out for grownups.
 
2021-12-09 11:13:01 AM  

Fear the Clam: waxbeans: What i want to know is why does anyone know what soap taste like?

When we were kids, some of us really liked to swear, but weren't so good at looking out for grownups.


farking this. My mom pulled that shiat occasionally, but my grandma was the worst about it.
 
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