Citrusy and fragrant, or soapy and repugnant? The world is split into two
Poor, poor coriander. The fragrant, zesty, nearly citrusy herb – so beloved of Middle Eastern, Indian and Thai cuisines – is having a hard time.
Yes, #CorianderGate is a thing. A whole load of angry Tweeters have taken to social media to lecture sandwich chain Pret A Manger on its apparent overzealous use of the flavour booster, which takes a starring role in treats like the chipotle and avocado flatbread to the houmous salad wrap.
So why all the fuss?
For around 14% of people worldwide, the green stalks and leaves taste less like lemon and more like soap. This is due to a genetic variation that alters how we experience flavours, and results in a vitriolic hate from a minority of individuals.
Hate like this.
It's rolled on so far, coriander has even picked up a (not very nice) new moniker.
Yes, you read that correctly. Devil herb.
But it's not all bad news for the herby number; a lot of fans are out and proud in their support of Pret's usage.
The team at Pret, in face of this torrent of negativity, stand defiant. “We like using generous helpings of fresh herbs and we’re not looking to remove coriander from any of our products," said a spokesman for the company. "And it's only in five of our 56 products."
Looks like that's case closed for the brand – but will the people of Britain let it rest? Only time and Twitter scrolling will tell.
Which side of the debate are you on? #ProCoriander, or #DevilHerb? Let us know on Twitter, @Homemade.
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