What I look like- parsley is a bright green, hairless herb with either flat or curly leaves (depending on the variety) and has tiny yellowish green flowers that eventually produce seed.
How I Grow-Parsley grows best in moist, well drained soil, with full sun.. Parsley can reach up to 12-18 inches in height and 9-12inches wide.
How parsley can benefit your garden- For those of you trying to achieve the ultimate butterfly garden, Parsley is a must have. Some swallowtail butterflies use parsley as a host plant for their larvae; their caterpillars are black and green striped with yellow dots, and will feed on parsley for two weeks before turning into butterflies. Bees and other nectar-feeding insects may also visit the flowers. Birds such as the goldfinch feed on the seeds.
What I’m used for- Parsley has many medicinal and culinary uses. Medicinally Parsley is used as a diuretic that purifies the blood and aids in digestion and metabolism. Parsley can also over time if consumed on a regular basis lower blood pressure.
Parsley and its culinary uses has slowly become more of an underappreciated herb since it is most often used as a garnish. Though it is a favorite in Italian cuisine, used in soups, breads, pastas, and on many meats, you can add parsley to most dish that you want a more savory flavor to.
Availabity: Very Easy to find
Savory Herb Spread
- 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 Tbsp. small capers, rinsed and drained
- 6 gherkins or 1 regular-size pickle, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp. whole grain Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup I Can’t believe its Not Butter! Spread
- Combine all ingredients except I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spread in medium bowl.
- Combine mixture with Spread in medium bowl. Serve, if desired, with grilled bread or use as a dressing on any sandwich. Try a spoonful on top of grilled fish, roasted chicken or a bowl of pasta just before serving. Enjoy!