HERBS/SPICES – Parsley

December 1, 2013

in Food, Jumpstart

Parsley is an under-appreciated herb, containing few calories but loaded with vitamins and minerals to the point where it should be considered a natural replacement for multi-vitamins.

Parsley contains Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and Choline. It also contains Beta Carotene, Carotenoid RE, and Lutein and Zeaxanthin. It has Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Manganese, Copper, Phosphorus, Sodium, and Zinc. It contains a variety of antioxidant flavonoids and some volatile oils.

Parsley grows best in partial sun, in moist, well drained soil. It grows in zones 5 – 9. Seeds take 7-10 days to germinate at all and often many weeks for seedlings to appear. Dig and loosen the soil to a depth of about 8 inches to allow for good root growth.

Parsley is a biennial plant, producing leaves in the first season and mostly seed in the second season. It can be a good idea to alternate two parsley crops, one producing seeds for the next year planting and one producing leaves for harvest.

How to plant parsley

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