Cilantro haters unite

No Cilantro

It’s no surprise to my co-workers that I am not a fan of cilantro. Because of this aversion, I’ve derailed or demurred at many suggested trips to Baja Fresh. (Side note: if the service was faster or if all the other customers didn’t seem oblivious as they walk into me while I wait for the oh-so-fresh gobs of cilantro to be plunked onto my otherwise passable tacos, I might be able to let it slide.) In fact, one of the low points of my recent trip to St. John was coming upon a patch of coriander on a hiking trail — of all the herbs on all the trails to idyllic, secluded beaches, why cilantro?

But I’ve never acted on my passion the way the folks at do. Mark at BoingBoing just put up a post about this growing community of cilantro haters who describe themselves as rational people despite their obsession with ridding the world of cilantro:

In fact, we are the most rational people on earth. No normally functioning human being would ever in a lifetime consider cilantro edible.

I’m not sure I’d go that far, but I am glad to know I’m not alone in my hatred of cilantro. Just one more example of how the internets can help make really strange people with really strange obsessions feel like they’re not all that strange after all.

One Response to “Cilantro haters unite”

  1. Emily Says:

    I’ve always heard that hatred for cilantro is a genetic trait…that some people have receptors that pick it up as a really terrible, soapy taste and to some people it tastes fine. Google cilantro genetic and you’ll see some of the debate. Given the intensity with which so many people hate it, I tend to favor the genetic hypothesis.
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