Originally Published on: Nov 21, 2016 – 14:17 by A-G @ soultranslations.com

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What Is It?

  • Native to the Mediterranean Southern Europe
  • Herb (world’s most popular)
  • Relative to celery
  • Delicious and vibrant taste
  • Was used in medicine prior to being consumed as food
  • Most popular types
    • curly parsley
    • Italian flat leaf parsley-more fragrant and less bitter taste
    • turnip-rooted (or Hamburg)-cultivated for its roots

Healing Properties/Health Benefits

  • Many, wonderful, but often ignored
  • inhibit tumor formation, esp. in the lungs- animal studies
  • can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens
  • antioxidants that combine with oxygen radicals and help prevent oxygen-based damage to cells
  • helps reduce risk of atherosclerosis, colon cancer, diabetes, and asthma
  • useful  in conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • can be helpful for preventing ear infections or colds
  • helps to decrease the risk of risk of heart attack and stroke


  • Highly nutritious
  • Contains (fresh, chopped): vitamins K, C and A, folate, iron, copper, potassium, magnesium, fiber, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, vitamins B3 and B1.
  • Also contains some unusual components: 1) volatile oil components (myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene) and 2) flavanoids (apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin)

Availability and How To Grow

  • Year round
  • Use fresh, deep green, and crisp rather than dried when possible
  • Choose organic when possible
  • Flat leaf parsley-best preserved dried
  • Curly parsley-best preserved by freezing
How to Grow
  • Biennial plant
  • Will return year after year once established



  • The World’s Healthiest Foods: Parsley