Plantidote of the Day 2012-07-25
Guess what this plant was supposed to be. Clues: It's a common herb, one that people seem to love or hate. It does not normally look like this, so the image is actually not much help. I don't know what went wrong, but whatever it was -- bad fertilizer, old seeds, radiation -- it went really wrong. To see what it's supposed to look like, check out the image below the fold.
Yes, it's cilantro -- the most polarizing herb I know of. I put it on everything, but a lot of people absolutely cannot stand it. In fact, I read somewhere that Julia Child said she though the only thing it was good for was throwing on the floor or something like that. Sorry, Julia, but cilantro is actually very good for you. But like broccoli, some people seem to be genetically predisposed not to like its unusual flavor :-( As my mom used to say, that's okay, more for me.
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