Is used to perk up dishes with its fresh green flavor and color, parsley can be much more than a garnish.
The two main cultivators of this herb are curly parsley (Petroselinum crispum) with ruffled leaves and Italian parsley (Petroselinum crispum neapolitanum) with flat leaves.
In general, flat-leaf parsley has a more robust flavor, while the curly variety is associated with decoration.
I decided to go for the flat leaf, flavorful, Italian Parsley!
The only aspect of growing parsley that can cause trouble is starting plant via seeds instead of seedlings. Parsley has a reputation for being difficult to start, and many herb books include an adage about parsley going to the devil seven times before it sprouts.
Well, it really seems true! I planted the Parsley seeds in the month of March. One week went by, then two, then three, then a month and then another month and then another one. Damn you Parsley! Was she getting married to Devil or what!?
I decided I should might as well use the pot and soil for something else.
But then, then came June. June = Monsoons = Mumbai. Average temperature = 24 – 30 degree Celsius. And I think Parsley has spent enough time with Devil. So here they were.. tiny little seedlings sprouting 🙂
So once they start to sprout, there is no looking back.. they grow and grow on a whoop speed and in monsoon the green leaves with rain droplets on them, mind boggling!
Well I don’t know what everyone talks about keeping them in sun, I have provided them good light and a perfect shade position and they seem to be doing perfectly fine. So when you are in Mumbai, do mumbai style, extra sun could make them pale. So keep them in shade if you want your beautiful herb plant to do wonders.
Care: Be sure to water them regularly.
Harvesting : Cut leaves from the outer portions of the plant whenever you need them. Leave the inner portions of the plant to mature.
PS: did you know, parsley holds a rich supply of vitamins A and C, several of the B vitamins, as well as iron and calcium. So think about it before you say no to this plant.