Soapy, Soapy Cyprus?

You may or may not be afflicted with “soap mouth” when you eat coriander (a.k.a. cilantro). To avoid the experience, you may painstakingly pick pieces of the offending plant off of your plate. You might even send your plate back. You might scream out in agony.

Or not.

Listen… I have a secret. Even if you think coriander tastes like soap, you should give the plant’s seeds a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. To me, the flavor lacks any soapy aftertaste.   I ate bunches of this stuff, straight from the spice jar, just to prove it.

Hopefully there won’t be any side effects.

So… what does Coriander seed taste like? It is reminiscent of celery seed – but much more mild.  Here’s the best way I can explain it: if celery seed and coriander seed were music, celery seed would be heavy metal and coriander seed would be a delicate lullaby.

That’s the best I can do.

While the lovely people of Cyprus enjoy coriander seeds with just about anything – on roasts, in stews, and with salads – I thought of some western dishes that might be perked up with it’s delicate flavor…

So, buy it and don’t worry about letting it turn to dust on your spice rack…

Here’s some uses for ground Coriander:

  • Sprinkle on top of deviled eggs, instead of paprika
  • Tossed in potato salad
  • Mixed in an omelet
  • Splashed top of potato-leek soup


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