Does Cilantro Really Taste Like Soap?
Do you like the fresh, strong and distinct smell of cilantro wildly used in Chinese, Mexican and Indian dishes? Popular around the world, a lot of people find cilantro tasty because it combines the flavors reminiscent of parsley and citrus. Have you ever wondered why some people think cilantro tastes like Soap?
These people have a shared group of olfactory-receptor genes, which allows them to strongly perceive the smell of aldehyde in cilantro leaves.
Cilantro is especially popular in America and India, where actually fewer people have these genes than in other regions.
These genes are not rare among East Asians, nearly 20% of the population experiences soapy-tasting cilantro
If you are one of those cilantro-haters, it’s not your fault, blame your parents.