All about Parsley the Herb

Flowering Parsley

Parsley and its origin date back to the 3rd Century B.C. Since then it is found growing in gardens, in the wild, in hydroponics and AeroGardens. There are two types of Parsley, the flat or curly leaf. Its nutritional value makes it one of the best culinary and medicinal herbs. Parsley is found mentioned in tales of myths and legends about Romans and Greeks. Read on to learn all about parsley the herb.

When Parsley is consumed in average amounts is can be safe from side effects. It’s interesting to note that Parsley is also connected to magical powers and used in several ways. Preserving and storing Parsley, not a problem!

Parsley herb is a biennial, also known as the rock parsley and garden parsley. Curly Parsley forms a rosette-shaped leaf and has a tap root that stores food over the winter period. It grows a flowering stem in its second year the leaves are much sparser, and it produces umbels with yellow to greenish-yellow flowers.

Quote on Parsley, Curly or Flat
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Where did the name Parsley originate?

Parsley is Old English petersilie, and its Etymology has several different roots of the word in German, French, Latin and Greek. Parsley cultivated since 3rd Century BC. Originated in the Mediterranean in places such as:

  • Sardinia
  • Lebanon
  • Israel
  • Cyprus
  • Turkey
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Malta
  • Morocco
  • Algeria
  • Tunisia

First cultivated in 1548 in England and is now produced around the world.

Plant Description of Parsley

Family: Apiaceae. Scientific Name: Petroselinum. Biennial plant or annual. Can grow all year round indoors in an AeroGarden. Colour of the plant is green leaves.

Different kinds of Parsley

  • Italian flat-leaf
  • Curly leaf
  • Root Parsley is known as Hamburg
  • Japanese Parsley
Flat leaf Parsley leaves
Parsley growing in the herb garden

How to grow Parsley indoors

Growing Parsley indoors differs from growing outdoors. The seed sprouts well in nutrient water and in peat. It takes about two weeks for the seed to germinate, it grows much slower that Dill and Basil. I have been growing Parsley in my AeroGarden unit in the kitchen, under LED lights, which replicates sunlight for a couple of months now. and it’s growing taller.

If growing Parsley outdoors and depending on where you live; Parsley can attract some wildlife into your garden, for instance, butterflies, caterpillars, bees, and birds that eat the seeds.

Nutritional Value of Parsley?

Parsley has lots of vitamins

  • Protein
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K – blood clotting and bone health
  • Folate
  • potassium

and minerals

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc

For further breakdown of nutrients on Parsley access the worlds healthiest foods website

Culinary use of Parsley

Curly leaf parsley is mild and bitter, used for garnishing. The flat-leaf Parsley is more flavoursome herb for home-cooked food and salads.  Parsley is easy to grow in an Aero Garden. 

I have to admit one thing; I never knew that the root of the Parsley could be eaten as a snack; in fact, I never thought it was edible! Parsley root as a vegetable is something new to me. I have learned you can be added to soups, stews or casseroles.  Wow! I’ve been so wasteful, throwing the root out to the compost. 

Parsley Tea

Parsley is often used as a tea and has many benefits, not scientifically supported as evidence. To make parsley tea, you can use fresh or dried leaves that you have stored in a cool, dry place. You can use the flat or curly leaf. If using fresh leaves, remove them from the stems—about ¼ cup of leaves and place in a tea infuser or teapot. Bring water to the boil and fill the cup with hot water and allow the leaves to steep for about 4 minutes. Parsley tea is lovely with a dash of lemon and honey. Enjoy!

Medicinal uses of Parsley

Not all claims on what Parsley is claimed to do is backed up with scientific evidence to support what has been noted here:

  • Bone health
  • Cancer-fighting compounds
  • Protect eyesight
  • Improve heart health
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Antifungal
  • Freshens the breath
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Allergies
  • Inflammation 
  • Disease
  • Minimise kidney stones
  • Gall bladder infections
  • Reduce Urinary Tract Infections
  • Improve ear health
  • Pain reliever
  • Osteoporosis
  • Immune system
  • Cracked and chapped skin
  • Bruises
  • Tumours
  • Insect Bites
  • Asthma
  • Coughs

My Aero Gardening is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein, we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regime, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.

Myths and Legends of Parsley

In ancient times the Romans and Greeks used Parsley in death ceremonies as a way to mask the scent of death. As a protection, the Greeks fed Parsley to their horses which were believed to give them strength.

The Greeks had a favourite story Seven Against Thebes  

Parsley has been associated with deaths, graveyards, funerals, for a culinary herb it sounds frightening, doesn’t it, to think of Parsley and death.

Parsley in early Greek records indicated that the leaves cleaned the breath, the smell of garlic, settled a sick stomach, eased gas and bloating.

Grounding the root of the Parsley to a powder was good for the stomach and digestion. 

Even the Romans used Parsley to protect them against evil, so too did the brides.

On the World of Tales web site, I came across a beautiful story, an Italian folktale of the Parsley and on the same site, there is another story called The Parsley Queen, which is a Japanese Folktale about the daughter of a peasant became Queen. 

There are so many stories connected to Parsley such as The Adventures of Parsley the Lion who has a friend called Dill the dog. by Michael Bond

The ancient Greeks believed that Parsley started from the death of a hero. Because of its superstitious nature, Parsley was never put on the tables in homes. 

Side effects of Parsley

It’s like anything we eat if eaten in excessive amounts can have adverse effects making it unsafe. For instance, Parsley used as an oil can be potent and create skin reaction if used in large quantities. Before applying it to the skin mix it with almond oil or olive oil or coconut oil before applying it to the skin,

Some other side effects of consuming parsley oil include headaches, giddiness, loss of balance, convulsions and renal damage. 

Pregnant women should not take Parsley because it may have uterotonic effects.

Even though Parsley is safe to drink as a tea, it is recommended that patients who are undergoing surgery are advised to stop using the tea two weeks before the operations.

Magical uses of Parsley

Parsley is associated with death, rebirth, fertility, love, lust, protection purification cleansing, strength and spirit communication.  

Did you know that the seeds of Parsley before it could germinate had to travel to hell and back? This association with Parsley links to death and the Devil.

Parsley is known to have been used in some spells such as

  • Protection
  • Purification
  • Love
  • Fertility
  • Death
  • Spirituality
  • Luck
  • Rebirth
  • Strength

Storing and preserving Parsley

Wrap parsley in damp paper towelling, place in a closed container and store in the refrigerator and kept for upto five days

Dried parsley store in an airtight container in a cool dark place and will keep fresh for 3 to 6 months.

Freezing Parsley on a tray lined with baking paper and put in the freezer, once frozen placed in an airtight container and store in the freezer. Freezing parsley preserves the colour and flavour, however, it will lose it crispness, so it is best to use it in cooking.

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Where to buy parsley pods

AeroGarden Assorted Italian Herb Seed Pod Kit by AeroGrow

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Conclusion

Since Parsley was first noted and used as far back to the 3rd Century, it has been found growing in gardens, the wild, hydroponics and AeroGardens. I always thought there was two types of Parsley but there are now four!

Parsley’s nutritional value makes it one of the best culinary and medicinal herbs. It’s been written about, found in tales of myths and legends of the Romans and Greeks. When consumed in average amounts is can be safe from side effects. But what is interesting to note, is its connection to magical beliefs that is has powers and was once used in several ways.

Preserving and storing Parsley, not a problem!

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14 thoughts on “All about Parsley the Herb

  1. Parameter says:

    Thank you for this detailed review, I have know Parsley to be highly medicinal and having diverse use. Although I know that it should not be taken by pregnant women, but i never experience any side effect from parsley. I musta say a big thank you for the highlight of the side effects if consumed in large amounts. It is a call for moderation 

    • admin says:

      Hello Parameter thank you for dropping by and reading my post on Parsley. I agree Parsley in moderation as a garnish all we need.

  2. Bogadi says:

    Thank you for the informative article. I have always used parsley when I cook, but I was never really aware of its many benefits. I think going forward I will use it with understanding. I am shocked however about how it s used in magic, I am wondering how it is really used just by itself or mixed with other things. I am yet to learn I guess.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your lovely review on my Parsley story. Herbs were once used for medicinal purposes. So glad you enjoyed reading it.

  3. Mick says:

    Thank you for sharing this article about Parsley.

    You highlighted a number of things that I didn’t know about the herb especially the side-effects.

    We all cook with herbs and take it for granted and never think to look into its history for things like you have highlighted.

    It’s a herb we use in salads and when cooking Italian food but mainly as a garnish.

    Once again thanks

  4. Satz says:

    Parsley is a versatile herb that provides a concentrated source of nutrients. It’s particularly rich in vitamins A, C, and K.
    I somewhere feel the wonderful healing properties of parsley are often ignored in its popular role as a table garnish.

    • Yvonne says:

      Hello, Satz thank you for responding. I agree with you Parsey does have a lot of healing properties and is full of vitamins. I often wonder is medical science under estimate the potential of parsley for healing,

  5. Christine says:

    I found the history of parsley super interesting. I had no idea that is was also linked to magical uses. I sometimes buy parsley, it provides a nice taste to cooked meals. I didn’t know about all the vitamins and nutrients, but it makes sense, because I apply parsley leaves to sore gums and it provides relief immediately.
    I will plant parsley in my garden, I think now is a good time to do it.

    • Yvonne says:

      Thank you for responding to my post on Parsley. Herbs are an interesting subject, and many have been noted in history. What I find interesting is your using parsley for sore gums which is fantastic. I must try that next time I have a sore gum. Also, if you are planting parsley in the garden, let it flower as it self seeds. We do that here and when the weather is perfect is will grow. We pick some of it and let some self seed for the following growing season.

  6. Lynne Huysamen says:

    Thank you for all this interesting information on Parsley, so much that I didn’t know! I have started growing my own parsley this year, both the curly leaf and the flat leaf variety. I have a little pot garden outside and it is so easy to grow, plus it has saved me a ton of money. I didn’t know that it is a biennial – but I am sure that when the flowers drop seeds I will have plenty more plants?
    It is always fantastic to add a bit of parsley to meals and so super easy to grab some when needed.

    • Yvonne says:

      Hi Lynne, thank you for stopping by and responding to my blog. Parsley is full of nutrition, so good for us. We have it growing in the ground outside as well as inside in the AeroGarden. Parsley is lovely as a dressing on meals.

  7. samantha says:

    Parsley has deep roots and a high water requirement is an impressively aromatic plant with enormous benefits with magical powers. It can be grown all year round indoors in an aero garden. Parsley being an excellent herb has varieties in it like Italian flat-leaf, curly leaf, root parsley, and Japanese parsley.

    Nutritional value of parsley as it is a great source of protein, vitamin A, B, C, E, and K, folate, and potassium. With minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc.

    Parsley with so many benefits is also used for medication for bone, cancer-fighting, eyesight, heart health, asthma etc. There are myths and legends of parsley according to Greeks and Romans.
    There are few side effects too like pregnant women should avoid its intake and if consumed in excess may lead to headache, giddiness, and loss of balance. Storage of this magical herb is also important as it can be healthy only based on a certain number of days. Parsley’s nutritional value makes it one of the best in the species of herbs and it is truly a magical herb

    • Yvonne says:

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a response. I like your knowledge on Parsley and I agree it does have lots of medicinal uses and is full of nutrients and has healing properties. I wish you all the best.

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