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Oct 11, 2010 07:34 AM

Cilantro and Stinkbugs

Is it just my imagination, or do they really have a similar smell? (For the record, I LOVE cilantro, but I hate, hate, HATE these stinkbugs that have invaded PA.)

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  1. To me the stinkbugs smell like earwax. It's a bitter smell, nothing like cilantro at all.

    1. Yuck! I too hate stink bugs. They get everywhere, like little skunk bombs. And they bite!

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      1. re: Whinerdiner

        They bite??? I guess I've been lucky so far. They're ubiquitous, but not hungry. In fact, I vacuumed a bunch of them up into a little DustBuster-type vacuum, and days later they were still alive. Dumped them into a bucket of soapy water -- bye, bye stinkbombs.

      2. They don't bite or sting or anything other than smell unpleasant when crushed. Other than being agricultural pests, they're just unpleasant to have in the home. Just round 'em or vacuum 'em up & toss them out.

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        1. re: Breezychow

          I made the mistake of using my regular vacuum cleaner to suck 'em up. Then I put the vacuum back into the closet. Next time I opened the closet -- what a stench! Now I use a dedicated hand-vacuum which gets stashed in the garage. BTW, I read that if you flush them down the toilet, they still don't die.

          1. re: CindyJ

            If I flush them and they don't die, I don't care. At least they are no longer in my home.

            I think I know what you mean about the cilantro/stink bug correlation. It's almost like heated plastic. Today we had a ton of bugs at work and an industrious coworker took great care to sweep them all out the door. Unfortunately many got crushed. For hours people would come by and ask if something was burning.

        2. NEW STUDY:
          Overall, Eriksson says these studies demonstrate that DNA does shape our opinion of cilantro, but probably not enough that we can't overcome it. "It isn't like your height, that you're stuck with. People can change it," he says.

          So is there hope for the extreme cilantrophobes? Maybe.

          As Nature reports, McGee offers a strategy for building up an appreciation for the herb: Try a cilantro pesto. Crushing the leaves, he says, releases enzymes that convert the soapy, stinky compounds into more mild aromas. The recipe for the pesto is on the website.

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          1. re: alkapal

            But why bother trying to "overcome" it? I loathe cilantro, and have no inclination to "learn to like it". There are myriad herbs, spices and tastes in the world, and what I already like gives me a wide range to choose from in enjoying food.

            1. re: mcsheridan

              i didn't suggest that -- i was quoting the article. as far as i'm concerned, i couldn't care less. i love cilantro, and my nephew hates it. meh. who cares?

          2. There is more than one scent profile (the males),ask anyone who is in an area where we put up with swarms for 2-3 years.
            Thankfully we are out from under that here.