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Parsley 'Flat Leaf', also known as "Italian" Parsley has strong flavored leaves that make it the parsley associated with Italian dishes. This culinary herb is sometimes known as flat-leaf parsley has serrated leaves and a clean, slightly peppery taste. Its flavor is
stronger than that of its ruffled cousin,
curly-leaf parsley. It is often used as a garnish.The leaves are great fresh or dried, but we prefer using it fresh. Harvest Parsley early in the year as its flavor is best at this time.
Because of its long germination time, there is a superstition that Parsley seeds have to go to the devil and back which accounts for its long awaited sprouts. In reality, it's the herb's tough outer seed coat which slows the growing process. To hasten this period, soak the seeds in warm water for a few hours before planting which should soften the armor-like seed coats and allow for a quicker germination period.
Medicinally, Parsley has been used be the Ancient Greeks as well as in Ayurvedic culture as an antispasmodic and remedy for bloating and gas. Medically more valuable than its cousin, the Curly Parsley, this herb's edible flowers and leaves also aide in digestive efforts and act as a treatment for urinary tract infections. Also a great source of nutrients, Italian Dark Green Parsley is chocked full of Vitamin C, Iron and antioxidants.
Parsley 'Flat Leaf', like other varieties of the herb, grow well outside and are very low maintenance but also work well in pots and containers.
High in vitamins and minerals including potassium, iron, copper and manganese. Parsley is a larval food plant for the black swallowtail butterfly!
Characteristics: One of the most widely known herbs in the United States, 'Italian Flat Leaf' Parsley has flat leaves that grow in compact bunching mounds. Parsley can withstand some frost.
Light: Plant in full sun to partial shade.
Water: Water when dry to the touch, avoiding constant 'wet feet.'
Soil: Plant in well-draining garden loam of average quality.
Use: 'Italian Flat Leaf' is the preferred culinary variety. Very high in vitamins A, Bs, C, niacin, calcium, and iron, it adds unmistakable flavor to meats, vegetables, soups, and more.
Parsley is so beneficial to wildlife, and an essential food source for the Swallowtail butterfly that uses the leaves in its larval stage. If you are growing parsley in your garden, you will see this swallowtails fluttering around the parsley during their egg-laying season. Later, you will see the large, green and black striped caterpillars making a meal of your plants! We encourage you to share! These plants provide essential nutrients for the butterflies life cycle! Bees and other nectar-feeding insects love parsley as well, and you can see finches later in the season munching on the mature seeds.