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New Cilantro Findings

alkapal Sep 22, 2012 05:20 AM


""The scientists pinpointed three more genes that influence our perception of cilantro: Two of the genes are involved with tasting bitter foods and one gene detects pungent compounds, like those in wasabi.

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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    bear Sep 24, 2012 02:30 PM

    Interesting. Thanks for the link. I'll send it to my cilantro-hating son who is trying to overcome his "get this soap out of my mouth" response.

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      Jambie Sep 24, 2012 04:32 PM

      I can't say Bear as though I've ever gotten over the soap in my mouth reaction to cilantro but I guess I've just come to accept the fact that it probably won't make me sick. Because of its popularity around here, I've grudgingly gained a tolerance for it over the years so there is hope for your son!

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        bear Sep 24, 2012 06:12 PM

        Thanks, Jambie! I'll send this along to him as well. He's incredibly adventurous, but the cilantro thing has been one of his last frontiers.

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          Claudette Sep 25, 2012 04:26 PM

          LOL! I've asked my friends who claim that cilantro tastes like soap: what does soap tastes like?, and when was the last time they ate it? and they can't say...

          My husband says the reason why he doesn't like most veggies is because he is a super-taster, and that they all taste bitter. Hmmm.......

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