For many people, coriander is an essential herb. Innumerable regional cuisines rely on it as a basic ingredient. Then there are those who think it tastes like soap. Until now it has been largely assumed that this was just down to those people not being exposed to coriander as kids, as with other foodstuffs people tend to dislike, but it now emerges that there could be a genetic influence at work. In a paper published on 10 September, and as noted by Nature News, statistical geneticist Nicholas Eriksson and colleagues worked through a genetic comparison of two separate samples of over 10,000 people, one a full range of people of European ancestry who said coriander tasted like soap, the other one of people of all genetic backgrounds who had declared their like or dislike of coriander. The result was a correlation between disliking coriander and two genes -- one associated with enjoying smells, and another associated with linking smells to taste.Some people find that eating coriander tastes like soap.
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