Cilantro is one of those seasonings that people either love or hate. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground; you either put it on everything or you can’t even stand the smell of the leafy plant. Have you ever wondered why some people have such a random, strong aversion to the seasoning? It’s not just them being picky, there’s actually a biological reason that some people dislike this popular herb.
If you’re unsure what cilantro is (maybe you can’t put the seasoning to the name), cilantro is the little, green leafy part of the coriander plant. Both the leafy part and the actual plant can be used as seasonings. It is most commonly used in Spanish, Southwestern, and Caribbean meat dishes and pairs well with steak and chicken, fruit salads and is even used in dressings.
So if it’s a traditional taco seasoning, how could some people hate it? Who doesn’t like tacos?! Well, as it turns out, some people just can’t help it.
Why Do People Hate Cilantro?
As it turns out, there is a biological reason that some individuals can’t stand the taste of cilantro.
A study performed at the National Twin Day Festival in Ohio in the early 2000’s found that 80 percent of identical twins tested shared their like or dislike for the herb. However, only 50 percent of fraternal twins shared the same tastes. After seeing the results of this study, genetics firm 23andMe decided to take a closer look at what was going on.