Parsley

Delicious & refreshing

Parsley is a biennial herbaceous plant that can be found in the wild nature or can also be cultivated. Parsley grows best in moist, well-drained soil, with full sun and that’s why it’s growing all over Greece.

Parsley is the world’s most popular herb, but the delicious and vibrant taste and wonderful healing properties of parsley are often ignored in its popular role as a table garnish. Most people do not realize that this vegetable has more uses than just being a decorative garnish that accompanies restaurant meals. They do not know that parsley is actually a storehouse of nutrients and that it features a delicious green and vibrant taste.

Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, as well as a good source of iron and folate. As an added bonus, parsley has the legendary ability to cleanse your palate and your breath at the end of a meal.

It derives its name from the Greek word meaning “rock celery” (parsley is a relative to celery). The ancient Greeks held parsley to be sacred, using it to not only adorn victors of athletic contests, but also for decorating the tombs of the deceased. According to Homer’s Odyssey parsley grew in abundance on Ogygia, the death island of Calypso.

So, next time parsley appears on your plate as a garnish, recognize its true worth and partake of its abilities to improve your health. Parsley matches well in taste with chopped meat, poultry, seafood, eggplant, pasta, eggs, lentils, mushrooms, mussels, peas, potatoes, rice, tomatoes, zucchini and a lot more.

MLGFB Tip:

How to make a healthy and tasty Parsley Dip to accompany fries, seafood and vegetables

Ingredients: 1 bunch of parsley, ½ onion, 1 garlic, 1 chili pepper, ½ red pepper, ½ lemon (juice),  1 tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper

Preparation:

  • Clean the parsley stalks and put it in the blender
  • Add the remaining ingredients and melt them to make a paste
  • Alternatively, you can add a little feta cheese

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