I should grow it. I waste so much when I buy it from the supermarket in mean little plastic pouches.
I think I shall sow some more now and see if it matures...
That looks simply lovely. Does it smell of coriander? It's one spice that my husband dislikes intensely, but I rather like the scent! Penny
Coriander is a funny one. In about 25% of the general population, it provokes extreme reactions and people report it tastes like disgusting soap.
I read somewhere that research has shown that the adverse reaction is genetic and the gene associated with it has been identified. So, your husband's reaction could well be hardwired.
How interesting, thank you! Will have to ask my children if either of them hate it as much as Dave, I never add coriander to anything and we rarely eat curry out as a family!
You don't smell it in the vase - only if you rub the leaves. I like it too!
This is very interesting. My husband says in Africa they have 'stink beetles' which have a similar smell but ten times as strong. I wonder if they are toxic which might account for the strong reaction...
That's lovely we have grown some from seed this year. A few weeks ago I did bring in some parsley flowers which I put in a few vass along the window sill. Sarah x
Quite a few herbs make pretty cut flowers - dill and mustard come to mind...my parsley didn't germinate this year.
Yes - apparently there is a link to insects given a common chemical compound in insects, soap and coriander. Aldehydes.
For such a beautiful herb, the strength of the reactions is really astounding. There is even an "I hate Coriander" Facebook page.
And Stephen Fry said the following about it:
"There are some things I don't like, about which I think, well, that's me. But coriander is a giant hoax perpetrated by a perverted society."
Gosh, fascinating. I just thought Dave was odd not to like it!!
Not as odd as Stephen Fry!!
Astounding - yes!
I need a like button for comments! You made me laugh out loud, then had to read it all out to Dave, who also laughed!
I never realised coriander was so controversial! I like it and apparently it has a huge amount of health benefits. I'd never thought of using it as a cut flower although it has flowered on my kitchen windowsill a number of times when I've left it there too long.
I have to report that at 11pm you can smell the coriander in the hall! When I sniffed at it earlier there was no smell..........thanks for all the interesting comments!
Now you've all got me curious about coriander. Never had it (that I know of) & never smelled it (ditto), but it looks so refreshing in that vase. A minimalist décor, to be sure.
I think it might be called cilantro in USA?
Now I need to know!
A simple photograph which I didn't expect would generate any comment......!
i wil belatedly chime in againnst coriander!...freda, i would love your beautiful painting of it....but the taste is indeed absolutely the worst from my perspective...my husband's also...one of our children loves it, one does not...and i had heard it was a genetic trait as well...as for stink bugs.....another abolutely disgusting smell for sure!....i wonder how this all fits in with pheronomes and how they help us choose a gentically appropriate mate....i suppose they are indeed protecting us from another form of harm...coriander in the food!
I had no idea! There is an 'I Hate Coriander' society and articles in the Wall Street Journal no less..............who knew?
Oh, this is great! The one time I thought of complaining in a restaurant was after attempting to eat a traditional dish in Alentejo full of coriander. I honestly thought they had poured dish soap in there and had a hard time accepting that it was the herb as everyone was telling me... In very small quantities and mixed with other herbs, I tolerate it but never use it myself when cooking. It does make a lovely vase, though.
You didn't actually complain then? How embarrassing that could have been....thanks for adding to the fun comments!
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