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Happy 'I Hate Coriander/Cilantro Day'

Mmmm... coriander!

1y ago

You might think today is just an ordinary day… Monday 24 February. Doesn’t sound particular interesting right?

Well, you're wrong, because today is International I Hate Coriander Day.

For three years now, a group on Facebook has formally recognised 24 February as ‘I Hate Coriander’ day.

According to the group, more than 10% of the world’s population hate coriander… that’s not an insignificant amount of people.

The group has one demand and one demand only: “Restaurants of the world, if your dish contains coriander, state it on the menu.

"We will launch a scathing campaign to name and shame eating establishments who are ignorant to the needs of the 10%. We’re not saying don’t serve it, we’re saying correctly notify your customers who stand to be affected by the soapy disgustingness of the devil’s ‘erb.”


How do you feel about coriander?

So, today is a day for flexing those genetic tastebuds and letting us know whether you love or loathe the stuff.

Coriander is great. It livens up all sort of curries, adds a nice note to salads and perks up a sandwich.

But apparently not everyone feels that way... and it’s not their fault.

Those of you who truly hate coriander: the taste, the smell, catching a glance of it as it menacingly stares you down in the supermarket… well, it’s actually genetic!

According to genetic testing company 23andMe, there’s an SNP (or genetic variation) which is associated with making coriander taste like soap.

Read all about that and more details here.

If you’re really determined to love the yummy green stuff, apparently you can eventually get over your hatred by repeatedly eating it… any volunteers?

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Comments (17)

  • I mark this day like I mark most other food movement days - in utter rebellion.

      1 year ago
  • Hey, I like coriander! It makes my omelette look pretty and all other Indian dishes too! Plus we make chutney out of it as well!

      1 year ago
  • I think it‘s all about the amount of coriander. There’s a thin line between „just enough to taste good“ and „I can‘t eat this, all I taste is coriander“.

      1 year ago
  • I wrote an article about why coriander root is so essential to Thai food culture and it’s still the most visited on my website so I think people are passionate about it. The root doesn’t have that soapy taste that some people don’t like but the use of it is so important.

      1 year ago
  • I think the diner should have the responsibility to ask otherwise menus would be enormous

      1 year ago
    • Yes, though chickpeas should have that Biological Hazard logo next to them on menus.

        1 year ago