Petroselinium crispum neapolitanum  Italian Parsley

 
 

Italian Flat Leaf Parsley growing in a pot

Some plants produce better or just as well in pots as they do in the ground. Parsley is a good example. Like other annuals and biennials, Parsley lives fast. Any stress can cause a Parsley plant to decline in production, making it especially important to give Parsley a prime environment in which to grow. The Italian Parsley in the photo to the left was planted about mid-September in organic soil and fertilizer. By January, the Parsley plant was overflowing the pot. 

   

Curled Parsley is a great garnish and just as nutritious, but most folks like to cook with Italian Parsley, sometimes called Flat Leaf Parsley. Parsley is rich in vitamins and definitely worth growing your own to get the freshest possible leaves to cook with and to juice.

Parsley actually tastes a little sweeter in late fall as colder temperatures arrive.

Italian Flat Leaf Parsley leaves.

Plant new Italian Parsley seedlings every spring. Even though the Parsley will come back again the second year, it will make only a few leaves and lots of flower heads. While the flower heads are great at attracting beneficial insects, and for making Parsley seeds to use in cheese, the leaves are of poor quality.

Always use fresh Parsley instead of dried if possible. Substitute three times as much fresh Parsley for dried. Persillade is a mix of finely chopped Parsley and garlic that is sautéed.  Add a little sautéed lemon and orange zest (organic only, please) and you make the Milanese mixture Gremolada.  Both of these should be added at the end of cooking. Both can be used for almost anything savory. And don't throw away those Parsley stems. Tie them up in a bouquet garni and add them to your soups and stews. For a few more ideas on what to do with all that Parsley visit our PAGE O' PARSLEY

This plant is often available in plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant.  They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here to see if Italian Parsley Plug Trays are available.

 

Cultural Information

Height: 2 Feet
(up to 4 feet if left to bloom)

Hardiness:  Perennial
in Zones 5-11

Flower Color: White

Characteristics: Biennial,
Full Sun

Uses: Culinary, Medicinal,
Attracts Beneficial Insects When In Flower

 

Organic Italian Parsley Plant

$3.45 per 3 inch pot

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