How To Grow Parsley And Their Benefits

Parsley is one of the most versatile herbs used in middle eastern cuisine. Parsley is easy to grow and is often used as a garnish or chopped into soups, sauces, and dressings. In this article, we will share how to grow parsley, the nutrients, and health benefits that can be gained from adding parsley to your diet.

Varieties Of Parsley

There are two main varieties of parsley: curly leaf and flat-leaf. Curly leaved parsley is more commonly used as a garnish in restaurants, although flat-leaved parsley tends to have a stronger taste, and is used more in cooking. Here are some recommended varieties to grow: ‘Envy’, ‘Plain Leaved 2’, ‘Paravert’, and ‘Italian Giant’.

How To Grow Parsley

Sow parsley outdoors from when all dangers of frost have passed in spring till mid-summer. You can also sow indoors in late winter on a window with plenty of sun. Grow in shallow trenches, pots or containers in full sun or partial shade.

Sow seed around 1cm deep, 15cm(6in) apart in well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure. Water regularly and keep the soil moist especially in hot weathers, and dry spells. Fertilisers are optional, but if you want the best results, feed with a general fertiliser.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Parlsey contain many beneficial properties including vitamins A, C, and K, parsley is also low in calories. In addition, parsley may improve your blood sugar, can benefit your heart, may aid kidney health. Parsley may contain other potential benefits, such as antibacterial properties, boost your immune system, benefite bone health, and enhance liver health.

Parsley is easy to add to your diet. It can be used as a garnish on top soups, pastas, etc, chopped and added into salads, eggs, pestos, olive oil, parmesan cheese, smoothies, homemade pizzas, homemade bread, juice, marinades and dressings, soups and stews. Parsley can also be used to floavour fish, poultry, and meat dishes, the list can go on just be a little creative.