Cilantro: the great divider.
In my experience, people either love it or hate it. (Spoiler alert: I’m a fan of the flavor and brightness it adds, but I respect those who disagree with me.)
Imagine visiting a restaurant with friends or business associates. You’re hungry, but aren’t sure what to order, so you try something new.
Imagine now that when served, you come to find that your dish has cilantro.
A few things might happen…
If you love cilantro, you devour it. You might even tell your friends about it, or offer your compliments to the server.
If you’ve never tried cilantro, you might be adventurous and give it a chance.
If you hate cilantro, you might pass the dish to your friends who are fans of cilantro and order something else off the menu.
But I’m guessing you wouldn’t bash the restaurant that served the cilantro, simply for serving cilantro.
Cilantro can be an acquired taste; it’s not for everyone.
And that’s okay because there are plenty of other flavors to choose from in the world.