Herbs forum: Cilantro, why some dislike the taste.

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Nov 3, 2015 3:32 PM CST
Personally, I like it a lot. Wish it wouldn't go to seed so early in the year here in the hot Texas climate, however!
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Mindy03
Nov 3, 2015 3:53 PM CST
I'm one of those people who taste the soapy taste.
I grow it for the seeds. The leaves get fed to the chickens. They love the stuff.
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gardengus
Nov 3, 2015 4:01 PM CST
We use it a lot in nachos and other Mexican dishes.
In fact I have some in a large pot just coming up about 3'' and I hope to get some fresh before it gets too cold .
I have found frozen whole stems , then chopped as needed is ''Almost'' as good as fresh.

Anyone try the slow bolt type?

I have, but did not see much difference time wise, except fewer seeds .
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Weedwhacker
Nov 3, 2015 4:51 PM CST
I would not exactly describe the taste as "soapy", but a little cilantro goes a VERY long way for me! Sticking tongue out
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gardeningal
Nov 3, 2015 8:23 PM CST
I have only bought it at the supermarket, and as Weedwhacker says: " a little cilantro goes a VERY long way for me." Ditto for that.
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LindaTX8
Nov 3, 2015 10:14 PM CST
Pico de Gallo, sprinkled over Tex-Mex food....so yummy!
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Nov 3, 2015 11:24 PM CST
I eat it almost like lettuce. Often have an Asian-flavored soup that gets a ton of cilantro in it. Will put on sandwiches, nachos, salads, baked potatoes. Um, I like it, I guess. Hilarious!
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Bonehead
Nov 4, 2015 2:18 PM CST
I love it. But, I can't get it to grow well for me - it always bolts before getting much size to it, and does not self seed as it does for others.
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gardeningal
Nov 4, 2015 9:16 PM CST
It really doesn't prefer the hotter months. Try a cooler part of the season to grow it.
I don't grow it, because I don't use it that much. Although it is pretty.
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Frillylily
Nov 4, 2015 9:49 PM CST
it has a strong bitter taste to me, a little goes a long way, and I cut it w the scissors into really small pieces. I like it in tacos or on nachos and such.
I also put it in guacamole
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plantmanager
Dec 14, 2015 6:41 PM CST
We love it, and use it almost daily. I just started growing it in my new little greenhouse. I started with one plant and have been using it. I suddenly noticed that I had 5 more plants in my beds and I never let my main plant go to seed. I can't explain that, but I'm very happy to have the extra plants! I've been sharing with one of my favorite restaurants. The chef loves using it!

I recently had a guest come for dinner. I'd made fresh salsa with lots of cilantro. The minute he entered the kitchen, he told me he hated cilantro, and even the smell of it. Poor guy doesn't know what he's missing! Green Grin!
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lovemyhouse
Dec 14, 2015 6:43 PM CST
Been putting a LOT of it in soups, so I am buying three to five bunches a week. Hoping to be more organized next year and grow some of my own.
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gardengus
Dec 14, 2015 8:43 PM CST
I picked the last of mine ,tonight for nachos, from the greenhouse

Any one try to grow it inside in a bright window or under lights?
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lovemyhouse
Dec 14, 2015 9:12 PM CST
Yum, love it on nachos. Drooling Drooling
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plantmanager
Dec 14, 2015 11:18 PM CST
gardengus said:I picked the last of mine ,tonight for nachos, from the greenhouse

Any one try to grow it inside in a bright window or under lights?

I've grown it in my kitchen window. It faces south. It grew well, but still tried to go to seed way too quickly. When I grow it inside I try to start new seeds every week or two. If you don't have a bright window, a small grow light bulb would work too.

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CarolineScott
Dec 15, 2015 8:14 AM CST
This is one plant which needs to be sown every few weeks in order to keep harvesting it.
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gardengus
Dec 15, 2015 8:29 AM CST
I am going to give it a try , I have a south window Thumbs up
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plantmanager
Dec 15, 2015 10:54 AM CST
gardengus said:I am going to give it a try , I have a south window Thumbs up

It will be worth it. When I'd buy it in the grocery, I'd use a bit and the rest went to waste. Now that I have my plants, I just go cut what I need and the rest is there waiting for me. It and basil is all I have at the moment, but I need to grow more herbs.
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Whitebeard
Dec 15, 2015 4:43 PM CST
As we enjoy spicy food in this house, cilantro is a winner. Yet, in the garden, not so much. I'm with the many who find it likes to bolt before I am done with it. Because fresh cilantro is the good stuff, I've never dried it or frozen it, but just replant once before I say, "oh well." Early and late, it could be great, but we do like our salsas midsummer. Smiling
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plantmanager
Dec 15, 2015 6:30 PM CST
Whitebeard said:As we enjoy spicy food in this house, cilantro is a winner. Yet, in the garden, not so much. I'm with the many who find it likes to bolt before I am done with it. Because fresh cilantro is the good stuff, I've never dried it or frozen it, but just replant once before I say, "oh well." Early and late, it could be great, but we do like our salsas midsummer. Smiling

I have dried it and wasn't impressed. When I froze it, it was very good to use. I also have made cilantro pesto with olive oil, garlic and cilantro. That was yummy and could be used in different dishes, or just with pasta.
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