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Cilantro is quite controversial.

Food Fight: Does cilantro taste like soap?

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A small but vocal percentage of the population has superhero-like tastebuds that are able to detect chemical compounds called aldehydes which cause the leafy green garnish to have a soap-like taste. Or the soapy taste sensation could be genetic.

However, most people find cilantro akin to parsley, perhaps its zestier-but-unoffensive cousin. And all people are prone to getting it stuck between their teeth right before a meeting with their boss.

How about you? Is cilantro a tasty garnish or an herb that's meant to scrub dishes rather than consume?


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