Although slightly resembling flat leaf parsley in appearance, cilantro can be distinguished by its unmistakable aroma and flavor. Cilantro offers citrus overtones with a flavor that can be bright, earthy and pungent, though its pungency is often contested to border on "soapiness". If left to go to seed, the plant produces white delicate flowers from the cilantro leaves that have the exact essence of cilantro with a sweet floral finish. You either love it or hate it! It's in your genes!