Hate Cilantro? You’re Not Alone
There’s an herb war afoot, our friends, and it’s time to take sides: Will you raise your forks and knives in the name of cilantro? Or will you fight against it?
There are strong passions on both sides, but what may be most surprising is the adamance of cilantro’s biggest foes. They’ve taken to the internet to decry the seemingly innocent herb as tasting like “soap, mold or dirt,” among other not-so-tasty things.
Researchers surveyed some 1,400 Canadians between the ages of 20 and 29, asking them to rate a whole bunch of food items, according to the network. Those who hated cilantro the most (21 percent) were of East Asian descent (think Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese), followed by Caucasians (17 percent) and those with African roots (14 percent).
It was those of Middle Eastern descent who liked cilantro the most (only 3 percent disliked it), with Hispanics and South Asians trailing close behind.
“People who dislike cilantro extremely describe it very, very differently from those who love it,” Ahmed El-Sohemy, study author and University of Toronto associate professor of nutrition, tells the network. “These individuals live in very different sensory worlds and are not perceiving the same thing. … I remember loving the taste as a child. I distinctly remember my mother’s Egyptian cooking, which used cilantro frequently.”
Honestly, it’s OK if you choose to turn your back on cilantro. That just means more for us.
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