WHAT IS PARSLEY?
The Greeks originally called it “rock celery” due to its ability to grow out of rocky cliffs and stone walls. This flowering plant is a culinary favorite and has a variety of names including in flat, curly, Italian, Chinese, coriander and cilantro. In reality there are only 2 types of this herb, flat and curly leaf. Both are tasty, though the flat leaf is more popular. Cilantro, also known as coriander, is a cousin to parsley. Similar in appearance, though it has a vastly different flavor and smell. Plant-wise, parsley has a 2 year lifespan. However in the second year there are less leaves with less flavor. Instead the plant’s taproot thickens, and shoots up in height. The herb is concentrating its resources on flowering and seed propagation. The good news is that the taproot, where most of these resources have been focused, is both edible and delicious!
WHY IS PARSLEY GOOD FOR YOU?
It’s rich in Vitamins A,C,K as well as folate, fiber and iron!
WHEN IS PARSLEY IN SEASON?
Planting occurs in early Spring a few weeks after the last winter frost. The seeds will start to sprout a few weeks later. Parsley is not a fast grower.
HOW SHOULD PARSLEY BE STORED?
Fresh like with most herbs clean thoroughly, wrap loosely in a damp paper towel and store it in a bag in your refrigerator. It’ll last for 1 to 2 weeks (but don’t be afraid to change out the damp cloth if it looks suspect). Parsley can also be frozen as well, though the flavor and appearance aren’t quite as good. Dried this herb can last for up to a year when stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
IS PARSLEY BAD FOR PREGNANT WOMEN?
Parlsey in large quantities can stimulate the uterus and cause uterine contractions or help bring about a menstrual cycle. This is due to the presence of piol and myristicin, though the seeds of the plant contain larger amounts per weight then the leaves. Parsley oil in general is not recommended for pregnant women or babies in general. As always, ask your doctor (not some random food site) if you have any questions on this.