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Old 05-01-2011, 02:45 AM
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Originally Posted by Vichel View Post
You guys with your "tastes like soap" thing! LOL! I'm guessing you got your mouths washed out with soap a lot as kids ?? How else would you know what soap tastes like?

Actually, I must confess ... ... the soap the nuns used at my school was wretched stuff. Laundry soap, the old-fashioned kind. There's no way cilantro tastes like that!

I think "fresh" describes it best for me, like eggalegga said. Very fresh. Love it!
Smell and taste are tied together.
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Old 05-01-2011, 02:47 AM
Location: California
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I've heard people say it's metalic tasting. I heard it was an enzyme that people have or don't have that causes this. I love the stuff.
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:00 PM
Location: Alaska
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Originally Posted by jtur88 View Post
I don't think it tastes anything like soap, but I dislike it so much, I think if I had the choice, I'd take the soap. I don't mind so much if it is cooked in, but if it is's sprinkled on top or mixed in after, it ruins a good dish. Costa Rica is terrible about cilantro. I don't like Costa Rica, for that very reason. It goes on everything. It's so automatic, that if you ask them to leave it off, they forget and put it on anyway. Like on fried eggs.
Maybe I should move to Costa Rica.

I love cilantro and any dish that has it quickly becomes a favorite. It has such a unique taste and I love the aroma of the fresh leaves. I just wish that I had some fresh cilantro in the frig right now so that I could give a more accurate description of the taste and aroma.

On my next grocery list: fresh cilantro!
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:05 PM
Location: tampa bay
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Originally Posted by smartygurl View Post
I am one of the few unfortunate people to whom cilantro tastes like soap. I was just wondering what it tastes like to everyone else. I still cook with it but don't use very much mainly putting it in pasta salads and such for color.
Tastes like soap to me too! Can't tell you how many lousy mexican and asian meals I have had ruined by forgetting to tell the waiter NO cilantro!I use parsley for color!
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:07 PM
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Funny how one person says it taste like soap and you have all these people agreeing.

Anyway, I LOVE cilantro! It's really good for you!
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by TKramar View Post
Never had it. Imagine it tastes like parsley.
Nope, it does not taste like parsley.

Parsley is delicious and nicely aromatic while cilantro/coriander is some foul, soap-tasting, chlorine-smelling, downright nasty weed! (To me).

Jimmy Dean sausage is full of it and now other sausage makers are stealthily cramming it into their product as well...you just cannot be too careful with sausage these days.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:57 AM
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I have a daughter who loves cilantro....I can't stand the stuff!!
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:21 PM
Location: In a house
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It's rumored that Osama bin Laden thought cilantro tasted like soap.
The propensity to perceive this soapy flavor from cilantro is said to be genetic.

Scary huh.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:00 PM
Location: So Cal
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Cilantro is definitely one of those love-it-or-hate-it kind of things. I love it, we eat tons of it. Chefs/cooks are always suggesting parsley as a substitute if you don't like cilantro. I think parsley is much more overpowering and "green"-tasting than cilantro.

I can agree with the somewhat soapy taste, although I get that taste much more in basil. I like basil, too, though.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:30 PM
Location: Scott County, IA
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There is no such thing as too much cilantro.

There seems to be a large number of people who are affected by the cilantro-soap thing on city-data.

I put a ton of cilantro in my guacamole and other mexican dips and I have never heard anyone remark on its soapyness.
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