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Love it or Hate it: Where Do You Come Down on Kale, Beets, Okra, Brussels Sprouts and Cilantro?
San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/23/2014 | Martha Ross and Joan Morris

Posted on 04/23/2014 4:14:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Cilantro was described as an aphrodisiac in the Arabian Nights, but that fact fails to impress those who hate it with a passion.

Cilantro was described as an aphrodisiac in "The Arabian Nights," but that fact fails to impress those who hate it with a passion.

Julia Child famously told Larry King that it has a "dead taste," and she would pick it out of a dish "and throw it on the floor." The pro-cilantro crowd is just as vocal, if not as descriptive. You can find the debate anywhere you find cilantro and the people who meticulously pick it out of their food.

We explore the adoration and hatred of this herb, and some other divisive foods, in our latest edition of Love It, Hate It. To get started, we asked staff writers Joan Morris and Martha Ross to square off on cilantro.

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: cilantro; detox; heavymetals; mercury
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1 posted on 04/23/2014 4:14:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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“Where Do You Come Down on Kale, Beets, Okra, Brussels Sprouts and Cilantro?”

Hate, like, like, depends on how it’s cooked, love.


2 posted on 04/23/2014 4:16:31 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: nickcarraway

Cilantro blows. Any dish you make with it is better off without it . . . not that I have a strong opinion, or anything.


3 posted on 04/23/2014 4:16:39 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: nickcarraway

Julia CHild didn’t like pesto sauce?


4 posted on 04/23/2014 4:17:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway

Hate them all!!


5 posted on 04/23/2014 4:17:52 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: nickcarraway

Kale = Hate, Beets = like, but have to be canned like mom use to make, Okra = Tried it once, liked it, would eat it again, Brussel Sprouts = love ‘em. Cilantro = use it in cooking once in a blue moon. Okay.


6 posted on 04/23/2014 4:18:15 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: nickcarraway

Cilantro - dishwashing soap tastes the same and has a longer shelf-life.

I ran across a claim a year or two that liking or disliking cilantro was actually genetically determined.


7 posted on 04/23/2014 4:18:19 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: nickcarraway
Cilantro adds a lot to many Mexican dishes.

I eat and enjoy all those foods if cooked well, although I don't see okra much. Brussels Sprouts can be really yummy if cooked with bacon. Course, that true of a lot of foods.

8 posted on 04/23/2014 4:19:12 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: nickcarraway

Kale- meh

Beets- ok

Okra- LOVE...esp pickled

Brussel Sprouts- love

cilantro- love


9 posted on 04/23/2014 4:19:18 PM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated populace is the biggest threat to our nation.)
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To: nickcarraway

Love Beets, wife likes Okra, we both love Brussels Sprouts, especially the Ruth’s Chris recipe:

ROASTED BRUSSEL SPROUTS
Ruth Chris Steak House Copycat Recipe

Serves 2-3

1 lb. fresh Brussels Sprouts (not frozen)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3-4 slices of applewood smoked bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed
ground black pepper for seasoning

Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil and salt generously. Trim the bottom end of Brussels sprouts, and pull off the outer dark leaves. Halve through the core. Add Brussels sprouts to boiling water and cook, uncovered, until tender - about 7 minutes. While Brussels sprouts are boiling, add the oil and bacon to a large skillet (I prefer cast iron), and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the bacon is crispy. When Brussels sprouts are tender, drain and rinse under cold running water. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Increase heat to medium high. Add the Brussels sprouts to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. After five minutes, sprouts will start to brown a little. Add apple cider vinegar and stir. Cook an additional 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, add maple syrup. Continue stirring until edges of sprouts are brown and crispy (about 2-3 additional minutes.) Add bacon. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.


10 posted on 04/23/2014 4:19:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: nickcarraway

I say: “Kale to the Chef.”


11 posted on 04/23/2014 4:20:01 PM PDT by buridan
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To: BenLurkin

Pesto is basil (and garlic, and olive oil), not cilantro.


12 posted on 04/23/2014 4:20:41 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Thorliveshere
beets are good for borsche.

Kale is a decorative garden plant

Brussel spouts sautéed in bacon fat are awesome.

Cilantro is a a weed.

13 posted on 04/23/2014 4:21:10 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, yum


14 posted on 04/23/2014 4:21:28 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: nickcarraway

I like Brussels sprouts when served as a side with a little butter to pork chops or baked chicken. Lambert’s Cafe in my little home town does fried okra right; the only way I’ll eat it. That’s about it.


15 posted on 04/23/2014 4:21:53 PM PDT by ronnyquest (I spent 20 years in the Army fighting the enemies of liberty only to see marxism elected at home.)
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To: nickcarraway

Beets are wrong.


16 posted on 04/23/2014 4:22:34 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: nickcarraway

When it was during the time it was growing, Mother used to serve fried okra just about every dinner (that is lunch for you Yankees). It goes very well with stewed white peas which was another regular for her. The peas were always cooked with chunks of pork or pork skin to add flavor. Other than Brussels sprouts I don’t think I have ever had any of the others.


17 posted on 04/23/2014 4:23:06 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: colorado tanker
Cilantro adds a lot to many Mexican dishes.

Only if you're using rancid meat. ;)

18 posted on 04/23/2014 4:23:11 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: nickcarraway
Food low information idiots unite.

Cilantro is the finest addition to salsa that can be found.

Lightweight food amateurs just go away.

Flamers, just blow it out your derriere.

19 posted on 04/23/2014 4:23:48 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: nickcarraway
Where Do You Come Down on Kale, Beets, Okra, Brussels Sprouts and Cilantro?

It's nothing more than sheer desperation that a country, in an attempt for global notoriety, is only known for its sprouts..........

20 posted on 04/23/2014 4:23:50 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: nickcarraway

I love beets and Brussels sprouts. I like cilantro and kale. I don’t really care for okra.


21 posted on 04/23/2014 4:24:07 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat! And carry an umbrella.)
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To: nickcarraway

Kale, no; beets, yes; okra, hell no; brussels sprouts, yes (especially roasted); cilantro, yes in salsa only.


22 posted on 04/23/2014 4:24:36 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: nickcarraway

...and their waffles.


23 posted on 04/23/2014 4:24:53 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: nickcarraway
Kale, Beets, Okra, Brussels Sprouts and Cilantro

I love Kale & Beets pickled. That's the only way I've ever had them. Cilantro tastes great in fruit or vegetable salsa's.

Never had Brussel Spouts. They smell too much like cabbage when cooking and I just can't get past that smell to eat either of them.

24 posted on 04/23/2014 4:25:15 PM PDT by katnip (Don't you just hate skanks who swindle their mothers out of their life savings.)
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To: nickcarraway

Like them all..not a huge fan of cilantro, depends on the dish..


25 posted on 04/23/2014 4:25:39 PM PDT by rainee (Her)
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To: nickcarraway

Wife can make decent sauteed Kale, but it needs the bejeezus cooked out of it.

Beets - Meh, useless plant.

Sprouts, love them with vinegar, wife hates them.

Cilantro, what would Mexican food be without it?


26 posted on 04/23/2014 4:26:17 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: nickcarraway

Like everything except the brussels sprouts. Love cilantro. Put it on my salads along with Italian parsley and dill.


27 posted on 04/23/2014 4:26:41 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: nickcarraway
Love it or Hate it: Where Do You Come Down on Kale, Beets, Okra, Brussels Sprouts and Cilantro?

About the same as on "Progressives"

28 posted on 04/23/2014 4:26:47 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: nickcarraway
So, how about you? Do you have strong feelings about cilantro?

Tastes like soap.

How about these divisive veggies?
Okra

Yum!

Beets

Roasted they are OK. Not so fond of them pickled.

Kale

Put it right there between the corn bread and pinto beans please.

Brussels sprouts

I like em. In large quantities they do not like me.

Now let's talk about the really evil food. Green Peppers. Are they they food from hell or just an evil curse upon the world?

29 posted on 04/23/2014 4:27:42 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: 1rudeboy

I used to think that way until I had my first chimichurri....
Just sayin’


30 posted on 04/23/2014 4:27:42 PM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: nickcarraway

Okra, only used it in Gumbo, too slimey for consumption elsewhere.


31 posted on 04/23/2014 4:27:50 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: al_c

I like kale, love beets and cilantro, hate brussel sprouts, and I only eat okra if it s fried.


32 posted on 04/23/2014 4:27:56 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: Sacajaweau

Kale smells like sour rotten cabbage, but it’ll clean you out better than the best enema.


33 posted on 04/23/2014 4:28:58 PM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: nickcarraway

Love all of it except kale.


34 posted on 04/23/2014 4:29:01 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: Drango

I couldn’t stand beets until a friend gave me some she pickled, and they were amazing.


35 posted on 04/23/2014 4:29:02 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: nickcarraway

Cilantro is like Flo from the Progressive Insurance commercials. 50% of men think Flo is hot, 50% think not hot...

...50% of people like cilantro, 50% think it tastes like soap.

Flo=HOT! Cilantro=SOAP


36 posted on 04/23/2014 4:30:30 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Utah Binger

Cilantro excellent in salsa.

I enjoy it chopped in salads.


37 posted on 04/23/2014 4:31:05 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: al_c

All good....


38 posted on 04/23/2014 4:31:49 PM PDT by deport
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To: Rodamala

I’d say Flo is annoying but cute, and works for a crony capitalist affiliate of the Obama regime.


39 posted on 04/23/2014 4:32:08 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nickcarraway

Love Okra (period, but deep fried is best) and steamed brussel sprouts.


40 posted on 04/23/2014 4:32:29 PM PDT by TheZMan (Buy more ammo.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Cilantro blows. Any dish you make with it is better off without it . . . not that I have a strong opinion, or anything.

Have you tried coriander instead?

41 posted on 04/23/2014 4:32:34 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Does the federal government qualify as a terrorist organization?)
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42 posted on 04/23/2014 4:36:08 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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Beets are among the top few veg they say are nearly all GMO.

Probably the good ones you had were NOT.

[I find a significant difference in GMO and non-GMO in such things as cabbage, zucchini, ....


43 posted on 04/23/2014 4:38:00 PM PDT by PraiseTheLord (have you seen the fema camps, shackle box cars, thousands of guillotines, stacks of coffins ~)
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To: nickcarraway

For those who say cilantro tastes like soap, you should know that’s actually a genetic issue — your taste buds are “programmed” to taste it that way.

Kale - Costco sells a braised kale (pre-pkgd) that I like on occasion. I can’t say I’ve had it in other ways enough to offer an opinion.

Beets — Loved them as a kid, now not so much.

Okra — my dad used to eat this slimy mess, or sometimes fry it. I’ve never ventured a taste.

Brussels Sprouts — I like them.

Cilantro — very sparingly.


44 posted on 04/23/2014 4:38:33 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: BenLurkin

Pesto is basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and grated firm sheep’s milk cheese.

While I am no fan of cilantro, any homemade salsa worth anything has a bit in it.


45 posted on 04/23/2014 4:39:50 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: nickcarraway

A proper gumbo cannot be made without okra.


46 posted on 04/23/2014 4:40:24 PM PDT by abb
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To: nickcarraway

Love love love love love them all. If you thought that cilantro tasted like soap before give it another try. I used to hate it but now it is always in my refrigerator or in a glass of water on the kitchen counter. Oh and I hated beats when my dad grew them in his garden. But now I love them. I roast them then peel them , vinaigrette and goat cheese =Yum


47 posted on 04/23/2014 4:41:24 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Remember, this is an administration which will not profile terrorists, but profile patriots? /Newt)
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To: nickcarraway

I am a cilantro addict. Love the kale and brussels. Hate the beet. Won’t eat the beet. :-)


48 posted on 04/23/2014 4:42:02 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: nickcarraway

I eat all of them. I eat beets about once a week during autumn and winter. They are tasty, inexpensive and good for you. I love fired okra, but also use okra in soups and stews. I am neutral on cilatro, but some dishes just don’t taste right without it. As for kale, my wife and kids like it. I eat it, neither like or dislike. And brussel sprouts are great.


49 posted on 04/23/2014 4:42:39 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: nickcarraway

Kale ... yummy raw in a salad
Beets .... meh .. take em or leave em
Okra ..... thwefghp sucks icky barf
Brussels sprouts .... yumyum oven roasted with garlic and drizzled with balsamic vinegar, lotsa fresh ground pepper


50 posted on 04/23/2014 4:43:01 PM PDT by fivecatsandadog
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