Saturday, July 26, 2014

Spice Talk: Aversion to Dill & Cilantro

Does anyone else not really like dill? It's one of my skip-over ingredients in a recipe. It'll be fine without it. Same with cilantro. Soap in mouth, no thank you.

 Random photo of various spices via Pinterest

I remember reading a post on Design Mom about conquering your food dislikes, and I also found this on the NPR site. From the NPR article: 

Overall, Eriksson says these studies demonstrate that DNA does shape our opinion of cilantro, but probably not enough that we can't overcome it.  It isn't like your height, that you're stuck with. People can change it," he says.

So is there hope for extreme cilantrophobes? Maybe.

As Nature reports, McGee offers a strategy for building up an appreciation for the herb: Try a cilantro pesto. Crushing the leaves, he says, releases enzymes that convert the soapy, stinky compounds into more mild aromas.

Interesting to think about!

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