Do you like cilantro? Read this.

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  1. Doberluv

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    What an amazing food! If you read this, be sure to read at the bottom, the contraindications and side effects.

    http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/benefits-of/cilantro

    The problem is, I don't like it. Well...I like it in pico de gallo type salsa. But that's it. I remember reading that it was good for the liver a long time ago, so I would put a handful in Lyric's food when he had liver disease. I first chopped it up in the blender and it made my whole house smell that way. Now, I want to like it, so I have to somehow brainwash myself because I must eat this stuff. The health benefits are so outstanding. Next trip to the grocery store will include cilantro and I'm going to sneak it into some meals whether I like it or not. :D
     
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    I LOVE cilantro! It's soooo good. :) I have a pot of it in my apartment for when I make curry (which I do alot. ^^)
     
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    I use it in my salsas and a couple of soups. I find it overused in many recipes. Some people think that all you need to do to make salsa is to chop some tomatoes, onions and a buttload of cilantro. Overused like that, it tastes like snot.
     
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    I've actually added it to burgers. Wasn't planned, but I add all sorts of stuff, mix it up then grill. The other night I had some cilantro left over from some soup and didn't want to waste it, so I chopped it and threw it in the hamburger. I thought it was good. I'm not a big recipe person though, just throw stuff together and hope for the best.
     
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    I love cilantro! It is one of those things that is either loved or hated though isn't it? LOL

    I think I'm the only one in this house that really likes it though, most of them just tolerate it (in small doses) in my cooking.

    My oldest and youngest have a............shall we say........intestinal reaction to anything with too much cilantro. It's pretty immediate.......like within 30 minutes or so usually. I looked it up once and apparently, it's not uncommon for cilantro allergies, who knew?
     
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    I love cilantro! We've used it in turkey burgers and it's wonderful.
     
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    I should have posted the whole thing, not just the link. But in the link are pictures. lol. Anyhow, here it is to make it easier. It's just amazing to me what they think the benefits nutritionally are. The history of it is interesting too.

    Eddie, you sound like me. Well, I think you better see if you can talk yourself into liking it more because it sounds like one of those things they call, "super" foods.

    Gypsy, that's great that you have some growing. It IS good in curry dishes, I must admit. I just don't like it to be over powering. Maybe I'll grow some too. I plan on growing my own basil because it's my favorite and I use a lot of it. It's very expensive to buy in the store. In fact, I need to start it now indoors to get a jump start on the growing season here.

     
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    I LOVE growing fresh herbs..........there is no comparison between dried and fresh, once you've cooked/eaten fresh, going back to dried (in the winter) SUCKS! LOL

    I wish I had good places to grow it all year long, sadly I don't. I do hanging baskets in the summer and dry some in the fall (before frost) for winter use.
     
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    Lilavati Arbitrary and Capricious

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    I love cilantro. I have a pot growing on the windowsill and I'll be planting it outside when it gets warm enough.

    Interestingly, my mother HATES cilantro.
     
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    Oh yes, for cooking, the only way to fly is fresh. In fact, many of the potent oils are lost in drying. This lead me to look up basil, which I really, really love. It smells so good and tastes good in all kinds of things. It's also really healthy. And it mentions something about similarities to marijuana's benefits without the high. lol. (what's the point?) J/K. I've never even smoked marijuana. I guess many herbs have super nutrients and benefits in them.

    http://www.offthegridnews.com/2011/04/21/medicinal-uses-and-health-benefits-of-basil/

     
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    I do not like cilantro, yick. So of course it would be great for me. lol

    The only food that I have ever been able to stomach that includes cilantro is Panera Bread's cilantro hummus. I guess this means I just have to go to Panera more! :p
     
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    Can't stand it. I HATE the smell.

    When I worked in produce, the morning crew knew I hated it. So they ALWAYS put it in MY sink to wash for crisping. I came in every day to a huge whiff of that stuff. Blegh.
     
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    I grow all my herbs by now. :) I have cilantro, basil, rosemary, lavender, chives and I'm planning on adding a few more. ;)
     
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    I don't know if I've ever had Cilantro. My mom is severely allergic to it, so it's definitely never been used at home in anything we've ever cooked. Might have had it in a restaurant and not known, but I don't think so. Looks like it does a lot of good for you though!
     
  16. Kristen1980

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    I love Cilantro!! I will add it to just about anything :D
     
  17. Doberluv

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    Gypsy, I use to grow everything in my vegetable gardens...every house I've ever lived in. My Dad was an expert gardener and that's what I grew up on...home grown veggies and he even made all our bread...no store bought. He always had a big garden and it just all passed onto me. At about 9 years old, he had me working in his garden....showing me how to fertilize and cultivate, plant things, etc. I'd whine about the weeding and he'd just say, "That's why I picked the best man for the job." (which was suppose to make me feel better about it.) LOL. I use to make sachets out of lavender and used left over material and a sewing machine. It would be fun to try soap or some other nice things. This new house is the first where I haven't yet made a garden. I think I'll do pots or something on a small scale, as I'm getting too old to do anything big.... decrepit too. lol.

    It think that's great how you're doing your own stuff. It is fresher, (everything tastes soooo much better when home grown) (think tomatoes...mmm) you can control what if any pesticides you use and it's cheaper and so satisfying.

    Well, I'm definitely going to make myself like cilantro one way or another.:rofl1: Ewwww. it does smell nasty though.

    Here's my secret recipe that I love and it's made with basil. Measurements are aproximate::)

    caramelize a large onion

    add already stir fried chicken pieces from a couple big thighs or breasts, whatever you prefer.

    Sauteed mushrooms (if you like mushrooms)

    add a huge amount of spinach and a double handful of fresh basil (lots)
    sprinkle generously some balsamic vinegar and a little drizzle of soy sauce (be careful not to get too much soy)
    squeeze the juice of a whole fresh lime over and grate the rind, put it in.
    put in a couple TBLS of brown sugar and cook it all down, but don't over cook.

    You can salt to taste if you must.
     
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    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

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    A) it's called coriander :p

    B) How weird.. I am literally sitting here munching soup (amazing soup, recipe to follow) with a Chermoula butter which has loads of coriander in and thinking how.yummy coriander is and browsing on my.phone and see THIS!!!! Creepy.

    C) I love coriander!!!

    D) It's called coriander!!!!! :D
     
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    Hmmmmmm, I think it's curious how people who don't like Cilantro think it smells bad. I think it smells (and of course tastes) lovely! My two boys who are allergic claim it smells terrible and tastes like soap! They say it doesn't taste exactly like soap, but that's the closest they can describe the 'nastiness' of it, LOL

    EDIT: NO DIZZY! Here, only the SEEDS are called Coriander! LOL......you guys are weird! haha
     
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    RD Are you dead yet?

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    I hated cilantro until I moved to Mexico, and now I've developed a taste for it. It's great in salsas, tacos and salads.
     

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