Parsley, Curly, ‘Afrodite’, Petroselium crispum
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: This biennial is grown as an annual, although occasionally overwinters for next springs harvest before it goes to seed. Parsley is for festivity, and I always plant it by my front door, both for the energetic and the easy access to add it’s refreshing vitamin power to salads, smoothies and meals. Parsley prefers rich soil and will take a frost. You can harvest until the snow flies!
PART USED: leaf and stalk
FUNCTION: Parsley contains flavones similar to oregano, but also apigenin, a flavone round in the Apiaceae family with anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. Parsley is loaded with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins K,C, and A with folate and iron. Parsleys volatile oils qualifies it as a “chemoprotective” food.