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#1 Azadel

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:26 AM

I've noticed people either seem to love or violently hate coriander, and there's a theory behind this that there's a genetic factor in whether you like coriander or not. It also might be related to whether you love or hate spicy food. Me, I love coriander, whack great handfuls of it in salads...and eat jalapenos like peanuts. DH is the same and we've even started gradually adding spice to BabyG's food, at 16 months...and he seems to handle it well.

So do you love or hate coriander, and is it related to your love or hatred of spicy food?

Edit, if you do hate it, find support with other like minded souls here at I hate cilantro  biggrin.gif

Edited by Azadel, 01 January 2013 - 08:28 AM.


#2 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:28 AM

Team coriander here! And I love spicy food too....

#3 Jenferal

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

I like it in small amounts but find most recipes use too much of it and it overpowers the dish.
I don't mind spicy foods but have lost my taste for spices a bit since being pregnant and now having to cater to a toddler's more sensitive tastebuds.

#4 Studybug

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

DH is an exception to this sorry.  He loves spicy food, but can't stand too much coriander.

#5 LottieCait

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

I hate coriander and I despise spicy food as well. DH loves it but no mater how much I try either I still cannot like it.
I have a twin and she hates it too so maybe there is merit in the genetic theory.

#6 credence

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:32 AM

I love the stuff, but it wasn't always the case.

I reckon it's one of those flavours that requires you to expose yourself to it a few times before you actually like it. Then eventually you really love it.

#7 Unatheowl

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:33 AM

Hater here.  Much to my frustration.  I can eat the seeds no problem its the leaves that have a foul taste to me.  I do eat it though in an effort to learn to like it.  No success to date.  I love spicy food too.

#8 .Jerry.

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:34 AM

Love spicy food, love chilli, don't really like coriander.  I can eat it in small amounts, but prefer not to have it.

#9 Taystee

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:35 AM

Love coriander, love spice but don't like chilli.

#10 librablonde

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:37 AM

I love lots of coriander and also spicy foods. My mum makes a divine coriander dip for when she has a glut of coriander:

Place into blender
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
½ cup lime or lemon juice

Then blend in:
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup coriander (including roots, stems & leaves)
1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons coconut cream
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Chill to set.

This dip freezes/ defrosts really well too, so you can make a heap in advance. Yum!!

#11 liveworkplay

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:37 AM

I love it! I like spicy but not HOT spicy food. I cannot use too much chilli and cannot eat some curries. So maybe I blow the theory????

#12 GreenEgg

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:38 AM

Love spicy food chilli but urgggh to coriander!

#13 ♥~Bodhichitta~♥

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:38 AM

I think I am the exception to the rule.

I absolutely LOVE coriander, but am not overly keen on spicy food  original.gif

#14 Azadel

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:40 AM

QUOTE (librablonde @ 01/01/2013, 09:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love lots of coriander and also spicy foods. My mum makes a divine coriander dip for when she has a glut of coriander:

Place into blender
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
½ cup lime or lemon juice

Then blend in:
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup coriander (including roots, stems & leaves)
1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons coconut cream
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Chill to set.

This dip freezes/ defrosts really well too, so you can make a heap in advance. Yum!!


Thank you, will be doing this for sure.


#15 Her

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:41 AM

I hate coriander and spicy food. My identical twin loves coriander and spicy food!

#16 babychacha

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:44 AM

I love coriander. I like spicy food but only enough to add flavour and not overpower it to the point where all you can taste is chilli.

I loathe garlic, the smell, the taste.....


#17 imamumto3

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:47 AM

QUOTE (♥~Bodhichitta~♥ @ 01/01/2013, 09:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think I am the exception to the rule.

I absolutely LOVE coriander, but am not overly keen on spicy food  original.gif

this is me too

#18 Cat People

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:47 AM

I use to dislike coriander - the smell made me quite ill.  Love spicy food.  I think my dislike came from a meal very heavily flavoured with it, vast amounts of alcohol and a large hangover the next day.  The dislike lasted for years but now days I can tolerant it and even enjoy it.

#19 ubermum

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:49 AM

I used to hate coriander. Hate it. Didn't mind spicy foods so long as they weren't too hot.

Now I love coriander. I will order a bbq pork roll and ask for extra coriander, and extra chilli. I have been know to tell pork roll sellers to add chilli to my roll "like I'm Vietnamese too" to which they always ask "are you sure?". lol, yes.

I think it's an exposure thing. I wanted to like it, so I kept trying it and now I do. I tell the kids the same thing. They have to try something on ten different occasions before I will concede defeat and not serve it to them. My 6yo has no dislikes, my 5yo only dislikes mushrooms.

#20 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

I like coriander and spicy food, as does my DH.

I don't like growing it, I keep killing it.

#21 ~Supernova~

Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:04 AM

I'm not a huge fan of it, but small amounts are ok. I like spicy food, but not *too* hot. DH hates coriander with a passion, and he can't ever get his food hot enough, he's a freak!

#22 Kremeferal

Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:05 AM

Love love love coriander! I like spicy food too. Not blow your head off, but moderately spicy is good.

#23 vintage.blue

Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:20 AM

I don't like coriander or spicy food.

My hubby doesn't like coriander but likes spicy food and chili.

#24 *TikkaB*

Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:25 AM

Love coriander now - but back in the 80's when I started learning to cook Thai food - the smell (and fish sauce) forced everyone out of my flat . Now we love the smells so much it draws us into the kitchen to try and get a spoonful of whatever is cooking.

Back in the 80's again, walking past asian supermarkets used to make me dry retch - now I love it, and can identify (most) of what I'm smelling.

#25 MsNorbury

Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:25 AM

I love it! both the seeds used as a spice and the leaves as a herb.

Just wish I could get it to grow.




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