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Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

parsley leaves
Photo: Susan Levi-Goerlich


Parsley is a hardy biennial that is usually treated as an annual. It is popular because of its much divided, sometimes curly leaves, which have a characteristic flavor and smell.


Parsley can be grown from seed started in early spring, but it is slow to germinate. Space plants about 6" apart. 


Cut parsley when the leaves are of suitable size. Leaves can be used fresh or dry.


Parsley is one of the most familiar of all herbs and is used for both garnishing and flavoring. It is relatively high in vitamins A and C and iron.   

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