I love cilantro! But, if cilantro tastes like soap to you, you’re not alone.
And in a genetic survey of close to 30,000 people, published by Cornell University, researchers figured out why the herb tastes bad to some of us.
It turns out about 4-14% of people have gene OR6A2, which means they have “the receptor that picks up the scent of aldehyde chemicals” – like the one that’s a byproduct of soap making:
Other people who don’t have this particular gene still find cilantro offensive, there are 3 other receptors “related to the smell and taste of cilantro.”
…So, either way, you can blame your family.
Does this explain your distaste for cilantro?!