Parsley

Parsley

Until doing the research for this blog, I never thought of parsley as much more than a pretty garnish or as an ingredient for olive oil and garlic pasta. But after reading up on some of the health benefits, I’m ready to add parsley to my diet on a more regular basis. I might even try the shake in the video below. But I will definitely do the ginger-parsley-lemon tea! How about you?

Here’s a 7-minute video on making fresh parsley, ginger and lemon tea.  Here’s a 3-minute video on the health benefits of parsley. Here’s a 3-minute video recipe featuring a pineapple-parsley smoothie. 

FunFacts about Parsley: (Source) (Source)

  • Basic Information, quote: Parsley or garden parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a species of flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to the central Mediterranean region (southern Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia), naturalized elsewhere in Europe, and widely cultivated as an herb, a spice, and a vegetable. (Source)
  • Parsley is a ‘biennial’ plant which means it takes two years to complete its life cycle.
  • Curly leafed parsley is used as a garnish.
  • Some of the nutrients of parsley are: antioxidants, folic acid, vitamins K, C and A, and lutein for eye health.
  • Parsley grows best in full sun in a moist, well-drained soil.
  • Parsley is usually grown from seed but germination takes 4-6 weeks.
  • Some swallowtail butterflies use parsley as a host plant for their larvae.
  • There are two types of parsley: leaf parsley and root parsley. Root parsley is often used in central and eastern European cuisine.
  • Root parsley can be eaten raw like a carrot.
  • Parsley’s closest relative is the parsnip.
  • Parsley contains more vitamin C than an orange.
  • Parsley is high in iron.
  • Parsley can help with cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.
  • Parsley has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • But with all these wonderful elements, parsley should be used in moderation. Too many parsley shakes can leave you smelling of parsley. Also, there is some indication it should be avoided if you’re pregnant. Do investigate further if you have concerns.

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37 thoughts on “Parsley

  1. I grew parsley a couple of years ago and was amazed by the root that formed. I never researched, but I wondered if it could be sliced up and consumed. Thanks for the fun facts and the beautiful pictures!

  2. As a child I can remember chewing on a sprig of parsley as I played in the garden. My mother still grabs a sprig when she is gardening.

  3. I think parsley will be next on my list of plants to grow in my garden. I already drink ginger lemon tea, so trying it with parsley sounds interesting!

  4. Who knew the benefits? Move over Oranges and become friends with Parsley. Great info — I use Parsley in my cooking sporadically, now a lot more often.

  5. I love parsley but rarely use it as a garnish. I was surprised to discover the difference in the taste between the different types of parsley

  6. Such a pretty little sprig! The humble sprig of parsley now has another purpose – not just a garnish anymore!

  7. I love parsley! I knew about most of the health benefits but was surprised about the vitamin C. Another one of my favorite herbs in my garden

  8. I really need to get parsley back on my shopping list. I know it is good for me. That tea does look good. I will have to try it. Loved the teapot and that wicker strainer . . . I want one. 😀

    Fun fact about me – I used to have the nickname Parsley. I still have a hat with that name embroidered on it. Another lifetime ago I played on a softball league and they blessed me with that nick. Fortunately, it was only with that crowd, but I do have some fond memories. Thank you for stirring them up.

  9. I love parsley on buttered noodles. I knew parsley had some health benefits. My favorite photo is the one with lox and prosciutto–reminds me of a charcuterie board.

    denise from maryland

  10. Enjoyed all the pictures and I love parsley. Didn’t know about all the health properties it has-that’s amazing. Enjoyed watching the videos. AZ

  11. I don’t grow parsley but I do buy it all the time and use it as garnish. I’m pretty bad at growing vegetables and since I have a duck and he likes to eat anything he sees in the backyard it’s actually almost impossible for me to grow anything.
    I live in Hawaii, I have sent you pics and also posted a few pics of my duck on your Facebook once.

  12. It’s funny that you chose parsley for the blog. I am extremely allergic to parsley! The last time I had parsley I had to drink half a bottle of Benadryl until I could find a hospital and then I was given not one, but two adrenalin shots to counteract the reaction. I know it is a strange allergy and I have not found anyone else who is allergic to parsley either lol.

  13. I’m so intrigued by all of your parsley factoids. I didn’t even think of the possibility of it being used in a tea. I was only familiar with it as an herb or garnish.

  14. I too was not aware of the health benefits of parsley until your blog on it and will be checking that video for a smoothie that I may drink more of

  15. I used to think parsley was just a garnish on an expensive plate of food and thought it wasn’t edible..imagine my surprise when I realized I could eat it I knew it had health benefits but wasn’t aware what they are and thanks to your post, it seems I need to be eating more parsley! I’m confused by why it would be harmful to pregnant women ‍♀️ The tea video was interesting idea but seemed overly complicated to make…wonder if I could just add parsley to my ginger lemon tea‍♀️

  16. Well color my face red.
    I always thought it’s only use was sprinkled on potato salad.
    I love your blogs.
    I’m always learning something new.

    • Sandra,
      *chuckling* Um…me, too…the learning new things part. It’s why I love doing this blog!

      Caris
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  17. Growing up I thought parsley was just the strange thing we put on the a seder plate at Passover. Never knew it was so beneficial.

  18. PARSLEY is also a HOST plant for many butterfly species. Plant extra in your garden and don’t kill any catapillars feeding on it!!!!

  19. Hi, Everyone!
    I’ve circled back to say that I made the parsley smoothie on Sunday and it was outstanding! Just sayin’! (Check out the video link near the top of the blog for the recipe…)

    Caris,
    Buckeye, Arizona USA

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