Cilantro Vs Parsley?


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Recently I was put in charge of making a guacamole dip, which I've never done (I've always made salsa dips); I was given the ingredients and started making it.

I had some cilantro and wasn't sure how much to put in, so I cut up a lot and threw it in, figuring it had to get rid of it and I never noticed the taste before, so what difference could it make.

After mixing in I took a test dip with my chips and noticed that the cilantro had a pretty strong citrus taste, which I've never noticed before, probably because people are generally conservative in the portions chopped and mixed in; or possibly they were using parsley.

I'm not an herb person, but I have noticed that cilantro looks a lot like parsley, but I'm wondering what you all think of the difference in taste between the two?
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The only time parsley is good for flavour is when used for mussels cooking. People here generally love coriander. Agree parsley tastes a bit weird and coriander tastes even weirder, but if you like the latter, it's a life-long amour!
 
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just saw on the show "worst cooks in America " they were testing taste buds. and had made cilantro jello shots for the test. the one person tasted it and said, Oh yuck, tastes like soap, guess he did not have the gene to taste the herb.
My mother-in-law hates cilantro. She told me once that she thinks it tastes like soap. Since then, I've seen a lot of comments about it "tasting like soap". Interesting that so many people have the same opinion on what it tastes like. Hmmmmm.......
 

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Love cilantro rather than parsley! Marmite thing though!
 
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My mother-in-law hates cilantro. She told me once that she thinks it tastes like soap. Since then, I've seen a lot of comments about it "tasting like soap". Interesting that so many people have the same opinion on what it tastes like. Hmmmmm.......
its not an opinion. but a lack of a gene for that taste bud to be able to actually taste it. they simply cannot taste it. or it tastes like soap because of a lack of that taste bud.
 
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The Latin name for both cilantro and coriander is Coriandrum sativum. One uses the leaves and one uses the seeds.. I love them both as wall as parsley and celery...

And you can throw in a little garlic along the way... LOL
 
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The Latin name for both cilantro and coriander is Coriandrum sativum. One uses the leaves and one uses the seeds.. I love them both as wall as parsley and celery...

And you can throw in a little garlic along the way... LOL
If you are a curry lover, you use the stalks as well. Went to a cookery class, was taught to use the chopped stalks in the curry .. Lovely the stuff. Parsley is a bit bland and forgettable, but is lovely when added to mussels .. Need to sow some seeds for my coriander, but worried that there will be one more pot!
 

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