Plant Type: Herb/Vegetable
Types: Flat Leaf (Italian), Curly Leaf, Hamburg Root Parsley
Hardiness Zones: 3-9
Relatives: Angelica, Anise, Caraway, Carrot, Celery, Chevil, Coriander, Cilantro, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Queen Anne’s lace, Lovage, Parsnip, Sea Holly
Native Region: Mediterranean
Growth Cycle: Biennial in temperate climates and annual in tropical climates. Is usually grown as an annual herb.
Rich in: Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Iron, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc
Health Benefits: Parsley is rich in anti-oxidants and has anti-inflamatory, anti-bacterial, immune strengthening, properties.
When consumed as a tea, parsley helps to restore the body’s natural acid/alkaline balance and reduce inflammation.
Parsley herb is found to be diuretic in nature which promotes healthy workings of the kidneys and elimination of gall bladder and kidney stones.
In women, parsley nourishes and restores the blood of the uterus, as well as helps restore hormonal balance by the presence of apiol which is a constituent of the female sex hormone estrogen.
Inhibits tumor formation, decreases risks of heart disease and is a great digestive tonic, helping with diarrhea, flatulence and digestive problems.
Parsley also relives pain due to joint stiffness, arthritis and rheumatism .
*Parsley can have a few side effects. Pregnant women should avoid parsley juice because it is a uterotonic, which may cause contractions.
Planting Companions: Tomatoes, corn, asparagus, roses. Great companion plant because the flowers attract predatory insects with nectar, which do not reproduce, but prey on pest insects.
Uses: Raw on salads and sandwiches, garnish on all foods, pesto, soups, sauces, stuffing, soups base, butter and more!
Interesting facts: Parsley is one f the host plants for Swallow Tail Butterfly. Parsley was thought to symbolize death in ancient Rome.