Sunday, January 3, 2010

Parsley -- Facts and Fiction

"Parsley - the jewel of herbs, both in the pot and on the plate."
Albert Stockli

Parsley is a wonderful herb that tastes good, smells good, looks pretty, and has many great uses. Parsley known botanically as Petroselinum crispum and flat-leafed parsley as Petroselinum neapolitanum is also called Italian parsley. It prefers full sun but can also grown successfully in part shade. Parsley also grows nicely indoors in a window pot. Be sure to place it in a sunny window.
But there's so much to say about parsley that I decided to just make a list of facts and wives tales.

1. Use parsley on an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre before a meal to help stimulate gastric juices and the pallet.

2. Chewing parsley seeds can help with the results of drinking too much alcohol.

3. Chewing parsley leaves will mask breath odors such as garlic and alcohol.

4. Parsley is the birthday flower for October 30th.

5. In the language of flowers, parsley stands for festivities and feasting.

Wives Tales:

1. Pick parsley during a thunderstorm to increase its potency in an herbal cure.

2. Sow parsley in a garden other than your own to become pregnant. (Conversely, the ancient Romans thought parsley could make a pregnant woman miscarry.)

3. Dreaming of parsley means you will be unhappy in love.

4. To dream of EATING parsley means good news is coming.

5. In the middle ages, parsley was the main ingredient in a magical potion which was rubbed on a witch's broom to make it fly.

6. In Old England, the ragged leaves of parsley were said to be because of pixies who tore them as a punishment to the gardener who had created an herb garden in place of tulips which were the cradles for pixie babies.

7. If you eat parsley seeds daily you will increase your fertility and vitality.

8. The Greeks associated parsley with death and wove it into wreaths for a loved one's funeral.

Well, it looks like parsley is all over the map, so you decide. I'll just use it in the kitchen!

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mothernaturesgarden said...

Love it. I have some growing on the windowsill.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

What a great post! It always irks me to see parsley go back to the kitchen at a restaurant, still on the plate. I always eat mine (and my husbands) at the places where it's still used as a garnish. Makes nice pesto, too.

Nell Jean said...

Ask the Black Swallowtail Butterflies what they think of parsely. I gave up eating parsley from the garden to insure that I wasn't eating butterfly eggs, just in case. The larvae will eat it to the ground, where it will rebound nicely. I learned not to plant parsley near the birdbath -- mockingbirds flew in for a drinks and snacks, my error. I dot the parsley around away from water sources now.

nancybond said...

A very informative and interesting post, Jane Marie. Parsley -- it's more than just for decoration, obviously. :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Fascinating info! You always have the most intereting posts!

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