Cilantrophobia

The cilantro divide explained

By jillian chesney

There was a wide range of responses The Squall received from a survey on cilantro that was passed out to DHS students. Of 100 students, 61 percent of students said that they liked the taste of cilantro, while the other 39 percent said that they didn’t like cilantro.

Many people did not even know what cilantro was when the survey was handed out. Cilantro is an aromatic Mediterranean plant of the parsley family, the leaves and seeds of which are used as culinary herbs. Coriander is another name for cilantro, except it is usually used when referring to the seeds. Cilantro is most commonly tasted in Mexican foods such as guacamole, salsa, and tacos.

Here’s where the divide comes into play. The taste of cilantro varies from person to person. People commonly taste soap, a bug, or even just a leafy green. The taste of cilantro is genetic, therefore you won’t see your tastebuds changing in the next seven years. You simply can’t control your taste of cilantro.

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