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Anyone else "allergic" to or HATE the taste of cilantro? Are there any substitutions?


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Anyone else "allergic" to or HATE the taste of cilantro? Are there any substitutions?

Glam Foodie | Jun 28, 2010 06:20 PM

I'm one of those "weirdos" that dislikes the stuff (unless it's pretty well-masked in a dish, like ultra fiery salsa), and I'm really just wondering how much of a minority I find myself in. It just tastes sharply metallic to me. Someone once told me that distaste for cilantro is genetically based - I was amazed. It actually makes sense, because my father DESPISES the stuff. Says it tastes the way he imagines wet, soapy laundry would if he were forced to eat it. It's hard for my family to go to a Mexican restaurant with him, because he's truly phobic about it, and will sweetly beg the waitress/waiter to make sure there's no cilantro to be found on his plate.

He's worse than I am, so I'm hoping that with each generation, this distaste weakens. May my future grandchildren be able to enjoy cilantro-laced guacamole in all it's glory!

What other herb can I substitute in where cilantro is called for, rather than fully omitting it? For example, there's this amazing sounding potato salad in Gourmet that has garlic and cider vinegar, two of my favorite ingredients, but it also includes cilantro. What could I throw in there instead? Any ideas?

ETA: My father is a full-blooded Greek man, and his own father is from Crete. My mother, on the other hand, has a Spanish-Cuban father and a mother born in MEXICO CITY. And I can't eat cilantro 90% of the time. Such a travesty!

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