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Why Does Coriander Taste Like Soap to Some People?

Cilantro tastes like soap to some people, and there is a reason why. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)
Cilantro tastes like soap to some people, and there is a reason why. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

I love cilantro. When I have soup, I add extra. It just has a beautiful taste that I can’t get enough of.

But for some people, cilantro tastes like soap, and there is a reason for that.

It turns out that genetics may play a roll in it.

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 Two unpublished studies also link several other variants in genes involved in taste and smell to the preference.”

Hank Green from SciShow explains why, based on research taken from the genetics firm 23andMe. Analyzing the genomes of nearly 30,000 people, the genetics company found that people who dislike cilantro may share a group of olfactory-receptor genes. The most common shared gene is OR6A2. To learn more, check out the SciShow video below.

Why does cilantro taste like soap?

So now I know that there is a real reason my husband doesn’t like it when I add cilantro to our meals, and he’s not just being picky.

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