Parsley (Umbelliferae) is a versatile herb. It is incorporated into many different cooking styles and cuisines. Similar to what salt does to a dish, parsley ties a meal's flavors together. From a vegetable omelet, to tabbouleh salad, to chimichurri sauceon a grilled steak, parsley adds a bright, high note to almost anything I'm making.
Aside from its deliciousness, parsley is a powerhouse of nutrients. Did you know that parsley actually has more vitamin C in it than an orange? Try adding several leaves and stalks to your morning juicing blend
How to Cultivate Parsley
- Soil: Plant parsley in moist, loamy, well-turned soil. Incorporate rich compost early in the growing season, just as you're planting your parsley.
- Sun: Parsley does well in both full-sun and part-sun environments. If you're planting parsley indoors, be sure to grow it near a sunny window.
- Water: Although parsley grows its best in moist soil, it is relatively drought-tolerant. Translation? Parsley is pretty adaptable.
- Spacing: If you're starting parsley from seed, thin to 9" apart. If you're transplanting seedlings or small plants, go ahead and space 9" apart, as well.
- Companion planting: Plant parsley next to tomatoes, corn, and asparagus. If you have roses in your garden, planting parsley nearby enhances the health and aroma of your roses.