Two articles on cilantro, taste, and your genes…
Here are two related articles from NPR on the subject of Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum), exploring why some people hate it while others love it and how your genes may play a role in determining your preference…
Article #1 From NPR (December 26, 2008)
Getting To The Root Of The Great Cilantro Divide
I hate cilantro. As far as I’m concerned, it should be wiped off the face of the planet. And I’m not alone in my extremist views.
“It has that same sort of acrid sweetness of death,” according to my friend Jason. “It’s got this evilness to it,” my friend Wendy concurs.
For people like us, the smell alone is enough to send us running in horror. But why? What fuels the great cilantro divide?
My quest for answers began with the Internet. It was there that I learned (from questionable sources) that our hatred arises from the fact that we are supertasters. Gifted (or burdened) with a “supersensitive palate,” we are some of the rare beings who are tuned into the true nature of this nasty green beast.
Article #2 from NPR (September 14, 2012)
Love To Hate Cilantro? It’s In Your Genes And Maybe, In Your Head
by Michaeleen Doucleff
There’s no question that cilantro is a polarizing herb. Some of us heap it onto salsas and soups with gusto while others avoid cilantro because it smells like soap and tastes like crushed bugs.
Some people despise the lacy green herb so much that there’s even an I Hate Cilantro website. There, cilantrophobes post haikus expressing their passionate anger and disgust at the leafy green: “Such acrid debris! This passes as seasoning? Socrates’ hemlock!” writes user Dubhloaich.
But what separates the cilantro lovers from the haters? Is it hard-wired in our genes, as Harold McGee suggested a few years ago in the New York Times, or can we learn to enjoy cilantro if we associate its flavor with fresh fish tacos or bowls of spicy pho? It’s probably not so simple.
Read full article on NPR’s food blog: Love To Hate Cilantro? It’s In Your Genes And Maybe, In Your Head