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Old 09-10-2018, 01:03 AM
 
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Probably genetic...to those not predisposed it has a soapy flavor. The rest of us are blessed with a much better palette!
Sounds colorful - how's your palate?
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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So yesterday I'm in the produce aisle and see a guy buying cilantro. Remember this thread that I had just read that morning I gave him this tip, he was very appreciative. Now for the rest of his life when he buys and saves his cilantro in this manner he will think of this stranger in the grocery store and I can thank the OP. I always wanted to have an impact on someone's life.
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:44 AM
 
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Actually you've got it backwards - those of us with a certain gene can taste the similar-to-soap compounds that are actually present in the cilantro, you just can't taste them. You can have all of the cilantro in the world as far as I am concerned. There are plenty of awesome tasting herbs out there to keep my palate happy.

I've been keeping basil fresh for years by making a little cup or vase of water and leaving it on the counter. No plastic cover or refrigeration necessary.
I taste the soap and STILL like it. Muahahaaaa.
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Old 09-10-2018, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I taste the soap and STILL like it. Muahahaaaa.
Why I ought to wash your mouth out for that...
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Old 09-10-2018, 01:21 PM
 
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On the rare occasions when it is needed, I wrap the unwashed cilantro loosely in a damp paper towel and store it in the original vegetable plastic bag in the crisper bin.

If I'm fortunate to find ones with roots still attached, I place them in a glass of water and keep them in a cool windowsill. (Btw, cilantro root is a key ingredient in certain recipes for mortar-pounded Thai curry.)

But usually my problem is in keeping enough around; I eat them by the handfuls in a sitting.

Interesting comments on the "soapy" taste for some folks. I've always wondered what happened to the cilantro in many restaurants, and now wonder if this is why. Too many complaints from cilantro-hating folks?

Wonder what kind of soap it tastes like - Dawn? Palmolive? Soft-soap??

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Old 09-10-2018, 01:33 PM
 
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Wonder if the genetic taste issue also applies to Culantro? I like them both. Could not imagine Vietnamese Pho without it at all!
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Old 09-10-2018, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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These are good tips because I've had no luck actually growing cilantro. This was surprising to me because generally speaking, herbs grow like crazy here in northeast Texas. But I just recently found out that cilantro doesn't "play well with others" and needs to be in it's own separate pot or bed. So next year I'll try again!


Cilantro is finicky. Tends to bolt in warm weather too...had some this year and it was just ok, never really lush and green.
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Old 09-10-2018, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Wonder if the genetic taste issue also applies to Culantro? I like them both. Could not imagine Vietnamese Pho without it at all!
https://www.chowhound.com/food-news/...hate-culantro/
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:46 PM
 
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Wonder if the genetic taste issue also applies to Culantro? I like them both. Could not imagine Vietnamese Pho without it at all!
I just checked and they're in the same family. I wonder.
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