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Why Does Cilantro Taste Like Soap to Some People?

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Because Super Tasters?

Because olfactory.

In a study published in Nature, researchers are just starting to identify the genetic variants that are behind the mixed reception for the herb Coriandrum sativum.

In the study it said: “A genetic survey of nearly 30,000 people has identified two genetic variants linked to perception of coriander, the most common of which is in a gene involved in sensing smells. Two unpublished studies also link several other variants in genes involved in taste and smell to the preference.”

Whereas super tasters have physiology: more taste buds.

So smells and tastes are connected?

Also, a slight tangent made me wonder if coriander and cilantro are the same.

tl;dr:  Coriander and cilantro come from the same plant.


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