Parsley

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Parsley
Parsley Curled leaf.jpg
Curled leaf parsley
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(Unranked): Angiosperms
(Unranked): Eudicots
(Unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Petroselinum
Species: Petroselinum crispum, Petroselinum neapolitanum
Plant Data
Min germination temp: 10°C (50°F)
Germination time: 11 days
Time to transplanting: +18 days
Time to harvesting: +57 days
Mature height: 60cm (24in)
Mature spread: 30cm (12in)
Ideal pH range: 5.6 - 6.0
Sow depth: ½cm (¼in)
Sow spacing: 20cm (8in)
Sow row spacing: 20cm (8in)
Growing plant spacing: 25cm (9in)
Growing row spacing: 25cm (9in)
References: [1][2]

Parsley (Petroselinum) is a bright green biennial herb, often used as spice. It is common in Middle Eastern, European, and American cooking. In modern cooking, parsley is used for its leaf in much the same way as coriander (which is also known as Chinese parsley, although parsley is perceived to have a milder flavour.

Planner[edit]

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Sow indoors
Harvest

Growing[edit]

Location[edit]

Outdoors a site in semi-shade is ideal.

Sowing[edit]

Sow seeds ½cm (¼in) deep in April for a summer crop and again in August for winter use. Germination is slow, it may take up to a couple of months.

Thinning[edit]

Thin seedlings to 25cm (9in) between plants.[2]

Aftercare[edit]

Water in dry weather and cover overwintering plants with cloches or straw.[2]

Remove flowering stems as they appear. Some can be left to provide seeds for sowing next year.[2]

Harvesting[edit]

Pick regularly to ensure a continuous supply of fresh leaves.[2]

Preserving[edit]

Drying[edit]

Dip the tips into boiling water for 2 minutes and then place in an oven on the lowest possible setting until crisp. Crush and store as soon as the leaves are cool.[2]

Freezing[edit]

Shred leaves and pack into ice cube trays in the deep freeze. Add individual cubes of frozen parsley to soups, stews etc. as required.

Troubles[edit]

Full troubles list: Apiaceae troubles

References[edit]

  1. Flat Leaf Parsley. myfolia. Retrieved: 2010-09-03.
  2. a b c d e f Hessayon, D.G. (2009). The Vegetable & Herb Expert. Transworld Publishers, London. p. 136. ISBN 9780903505468
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Parsley varieties
P. crispum Curled leaf parsley
P. neapolitanum Flat leaf parsley
P. crispum var. tuberosum Root parsley