Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

Parsley (herb) is the world’s most popular herb. It derives its name from the Greek word meaning “rock celery” (parsley is a relative to celery). Available as fresh leaves, curly or Italian (flat leaf), or dried and flaked.  Fresh, slightly peppery flavor.  Whenever possible, choose fresh parsley over the dried form of the herb since it is superior in flavor. Choose fresh parsley that is deep green in color and looks fresh and crisp. Just like with other dried herbs, if you choose to purchase dried parsley flakes, try to select organically grown parsley since this will give you more assurance that the herbs have not been irradiated. If you have excess flat leaf parsley, you can easily dry it by laying it out in a single layer on a clean kitchen cloth. Once dried, it should be kept in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark and dry place. Curly leaf parsley is best preserved by freezing, as opposed to drying. Although it will retain most of its flavor, it has a tendency to lose its crispness, so it is best used in recipes without first thawing.  Use for poultry, seafood, tomatoes, pasta, soups, and vegetables.

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