Herb of the Month “Parsley”

Flat-leafed parsleyWhat 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

Ingredients
  • 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
Preparation
  1. Combine all ingredients except I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spread in medium bowl.
  2. 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!

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