What is Parsley? When it comes to herbs, traditions have changed, varieties have increased, but through it all, Parsley has just stayed Parsley. Flat or curly leaf, nothing major and no need for change. Use it as an herb or use it as a garnish, it does not matter and most people will always love it. Parsley can be used dried but it is always best to use it fresh and green if you can. Serving it fresh is more popular and it is available almost everywhere, either to buy or to grow at home.
Parsley is such an easy herb to grow, and does well in different climates. if you are unable to grow it outdoors, parsley grows well in pots – so you could keep some growing inside your house.
Parsley is a great herb to start kids growing plants with, as usually they love to have a nibble. And it is very good for them, especially straight from the plant. I remember “grazing” on my mothers parsley patch with my sister when I was little. We loved the sharp, almost prickly taste and I still love a sprig of raw parsley today.
Storing parsley is simple, just wrap it in a damp paper towel and place it in a baggie then store it in the fridge.
If you want to store it for longer, try putting parsley sprigs into ice cube trays, covering them with water and freezing it. That is a good way to have nice, fresh parsley available all year round.
Parsley is used for all kinds of sauces and salads. Parsley can pretty much be added to anything and is used often to color pesto but it is very frequently used as a garnish. Make sure you eat your garnish!
Throughout history, parsley has been used for cooking as well as for medicinal purposes but has also been used for a lot more. Early Greeks used Parsley to make crowns for the Olympian winners. Hebrew tradition uses Parsley as part of Passover as a symbol of spring and rebirth.
The use of parsely can be traced all the way back to Hippocrates, who used it for medicinal purposes for cure alls and as an antidote for poisons. He also used it for removing kidney and bladder stones. Many of these prior claims have been validated through modern science and it is true that Parsley is rich in vitamin A and C and is also shown to clear toxins from the body and reduces inflammation. Parsley has three times more Vitamin C than oranges do!
Back in much earlier times, any ailments that was thought to be caused from a lack of Vitamin C was treated with Parsley. Things such as bad gums and loose teeth, and for brightening up the eyes. The Greeks almost feared Parsley because it was associated with Archemorus, who was an ancient Greek. Ancient tales tell that Archemorus was left as a baby on a parsley leaf by his nurse and was eaten by a serpent. For this reason the Greeks were terrified of Parsley which sounds kind of silly now but it took a while for them to get over that.
Parsley was also used to regulate menstrual cycles because parsley contains apiol which mimics estrogen, the female sex hormone.
Parsley was used to ward off Malaria and is reported to have been very successful in doing this. It is also very effective in relieving water retention as well. Although these home remedies using parsley are often regarded as old wives tales, many have been proven to be true today.
Some of these old remedies still are used in part today such as the use of Parsley for kidney stones, as a diuretic, for rheumatoid arthritis, as a stimulant, for menstrual regulation, to settle the stomach and as an appetite stimulant.
You can purchase Parsley juice at herbal stores, although it might not taste the best getting it like this. However, it can be mixed with other juices to enhance the flavor. Dried Parsley has the least amount of nutritional value, so grow it yourself if you can and reap the rewards.
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