When you look at the history of parsley, you'll find that it was a common ingredient not only in the Garden of Eden but also in the Garden of Earth. The early Adam and Eve knew the value of parsley as they ate and drank its edible parts daily. It is a staple vegetable with a wide variety of uses in the kitchen today. Parsley seeds can be used as a garnish for cooking and baking. You'll also find it used to add flavor and color to fresh salads and vegetables.
If you grow your own parsley, you are providing your family with a great source of essential minerals and vitamins. Parsley is an excellent source of copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and selenium. All of these trace elements help to maintain the health of your organs, tissue, and other parts of the body. Parsley, along with carrots and celery, is a great source of fiber. If you grow your own, you'll get more of the vitamins and nutrients that you get from fresh vegetables, but you don't have to buy a bag after bag of parsley to enjoy its health benefits.
There are three main varieties of plant parsley seeds - curly leaf, Italian, and Roman. Each variety has its own distinctive flavor and size. The container type (which is used to plant on top of the garden) is the smallest, with the shortest growing period; the medium-sized varieties are used in the first year and are usually the most resistant; and the largest varieties, which are used in the second year, are the most resistant and should be planted annually.
For maximum flavor and aroma, plant the curly leaf parsley or p. crispum fresh. When you get home, there's no need to store the plant in a plastic bag. Just throw it into your vegetable basket or any other container and walk away. In just three days it will have grown into an extensive, bushy plant containing hundreds of tiny green leaves.
The smaller p. crispum varieties have more bitter flavor and are usually used in soups, stews, and casseroles. The larger curly leaf parsley is used fresh in sauces or as a salad ingredient. While the smaller leaf parsley is a great addition to a smoothie, the larger p. crispum can be roasted and added to a hot pasta dish for a satisfying taste. The Italian and French use curly leaf parsley in their recipes to add flavor and color and the larger variety is often included in stock pots along with other herbs and vegetables.
The family APIaceae or Royal Apisaceae includes nine recognized species including the blue star, golden yellow dock, golden finch, Harlequin tree, American elm, American ladybug, European chickweed, Chinese boxwood, European phlox, Indian hickory, Japanese penstemon, and Mexican lomatium. Parsley's seed is comprised of the recognizable oval shaped star shaped lentils which are consumed raw or cooked. Parsley is considered a "root" herb meaning it has little taste of its herbaceous flower. Parsley's flesh is a deep yellow on the outside with a grayish inside lining. Parsley's edible foliage and flowers can be eaten raw, cooked, or used in a salad, juice, bread, and snack. Many cooks claim that the flavor of parsley tops that of onions and garlic, which make it a fantastic choice for seasoning and cooking.
Although there is no standard parsley recipe, there are a few options if you prefer the more traditional option. In central, eastern, and southern England you will often find families gathering at the dinner table and spending time together enjoying this common pastime. During this time most families will gather some sort of parsley herb mixture to add to their dishes. In central England parsley is most often added in the soups. In southern England fresh chopped parsley is mostly eaten as a seasoning for meats and fish, while in the east, especially London, it is added to deserts, gravies, and fresh juices.
There are several different ways to use your Parsley herb tips. To make stews, simply chop up a handful of leaves and add them to any stock, vegetable, or stew. You can also chop up finely chopped parsley to create a small piece of jerky. You can chop up finely chopped parsley leaves to make short ribs for tacos and wraps, or boil small pieces of cooked parsley in coconut oil to make an herb butter. Whether you use Parsley seeds or not, fresh chopped parsley is always a welcome addition to your diet.