Parsley: Fun to grow and a nutritional powerhouse.
I recently planted some parsley in my back yard. I noticed that it has grown rapidly since planting it from a seedling only about a month ago. Despite a couple of freezing nights which killed about 90% of what I had growing, the parsley seems to be flourishing. Here are some of the nutritional benefits and history of this amazing herb.
Did you know that parsley originated in the Southern Mediterranean ? Historians can trace its origins back to about the third century B.C. Parsley was used for its medicinal benefits before it was used as a food and garnish. Charlemagne, who was the emperor of Rome from 800-814 grew large quantities of Parsley.
Parsley is a nutritional power house! It is rich in Beta Carotene. Beta Carotene provides vitamin A and is considered an essential human nutrient. Parsley provides huge amounts of vitamin C. In fact parsley provides more vitamin C than citrus fruit. Parsley is rich in potassium providing 1000mg per 4oz. Parsley is also high in vitamin B-12.
Parsley is the widest used herb in America today. It is primarily used for a garnish. Garlic kills bacteria and can be used in the treatment of bad breath. Parsley has been used as a digestive aid and is considered a powerful antioxidant. Try replacing the iceberg lettuce on your sandwiches with a few leaves of parsley. Include it in your soups, stews and sauces. Enjoy!