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Old 04-25-2010, 03:22 AM
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Home of the HUD secretary farm~
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Cilantro is included in what is known as Pico De Gallo a salsa. This salsa goes particularly well with Fajitas... beef or chicken!!
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:36 AM
Location: Oxford, England
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I've had quite a few dishes with coriander ( leaves and seeds) in Italy, especially with fish, in fresh salads as a leaves and in sauces too.

My Italian Grand-Father who was a fantastic cook used to make the most delicious Pesto with Fresh coriander leaves. He also used to stuff fish like seabass with fennel and coriander leaves.

I love the stuff I must admit. In summer I eat it as a salad with marinated fish or chicken. And it's fabulous on fresh pasta too.
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:52 AM
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Ok talked with my mom. Here's her coriander story. Her mother, my Nana used whats called "Foglie di coriandolo". Coriander leaves or Cilantro. No one in my mother family heard the term Cilantro until my mother met my father who is a latino. Thats when the term Cilantro was introducted to the Italian side of my family. My grandmother refused to use the term Cilantro until the day she died. She claimed it was a different variety of coriander than the one she used when growing up in village near the city of Marsala Sicily. She used it quite frequently in seafood dishes. My mother's family didn't make a whole lot of pasta or tomato based dishes when I was growing up. Mainly seafood, chicken and some beef dishes. That's my "ll Foglie di Coriandolo story". Gratzi
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:23 PM
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Nice story. Will have to do some looking for dishes that use it now. I have some chicken and fish in my freezer begging to be put in a new dish.

And (to the poster that said I was wrong) the butter thing was just a guess. I honestly haven't crossed any italian recipes that use butter. Lard, yes, but not butter. I remember reading a story long ago about how the original Winnie the Pooh tale had to be changed when it was published in italy because when christopher robin and pooh have "toast and butter" it was the equivalent of burnt bread and vaseline (with the claim that italians at the time used butter for burn treatment, not food) so I just put two and two together and assumed they don't use it. If there are areas that use butter, my bad.
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:27 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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Because Cilantro tastes terrible and overpowers and destroys the taste of everything it touches.
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:00 PM
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you are correct, traditionally italians have used the cilantro for corriander. in fact my father had never "seen" or tasted cilantro itself until he came the US and mistook it for parsley one day. needless to say he realized when he tasted the food that there was something "wrong"...its not a typical Italian flavor---but we use it now!
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Old 07-14-2010, 01:59 PM
Location: Silicon Valley
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Default Do you like cilantro ?

I personally love it, growing up in California we ate it all our lives, however my mother who is from the East Coast, hates it like poison. What do you think
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:02 PM
Location: If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space
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Nooooo! I hate cilantro. It makes my mouth water in a most unpleasant way. Ick. Ick! The sad thing is that I love Mexican food, Indian food, and Caribbean food and all of those guys love their fresh cilantro. Ack. Gag! I'm fine with the ground spice but keep the leaf away from me!

Thank you. Hysterics over. You may resume normal programming

BTW, I'm East Coast also but grew up with it and never could handle it.
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:12 PM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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It's genetic. Some people have a gene that makes fresh cilantro taste terrible. Or they lack the gene that makes it taste good - I don't remember which.
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Old 07-14-2010, 02:15 PM
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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Love it!
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