Parsley

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Parsley
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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 | edit source]

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Sow indoors
Harvest

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Growing[edit | edit source]

Location[edit | edit source]

Outdoors a site in semi-shade is ideal.

Sowing[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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

Aftercare[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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

Preserving[edit | edit source]

Drying[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Full troubles list: Apiaceae troubles

References[edit | edit source]

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Parsley varieties
P. crispum Curled leaf parsley
P. neapolitanum Flat leaf parsley
P. crispum var. tuberosum Root parsley
  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