See also parsley.
Mix chopped parsley with lemon zest and garlic coves to make gremolata, a traditional Italian condiment that brings fresh, lively flavor to meats, poultry, fish and vegetables.
This popular herb
variety has flat, dark green leaves, succulent
stems and a strong, slightly peppery taste. Like its curly-leafed
relative, Italian parsley is commonly used as a flavoring or garnish.
Parsley has been grown all over the world for thousands of years, but
Sardinia claims its birthplace. Before Sardinia became a part of Italy,
the Mediterranean island featured parsley on its currency.
Choose bunches with bright green leaves and no signs of wilting.
Wash fresh parsley and thoroughly pat dry. Wrap loosely with paper
towels, place in a plastic storage bag and refrigerate for up to one
week. Alternatively, trim the stems and place the parsley in a glass of
cold water with a pinch of sugar (like a bouquet). Loosely cover with a
plastic bag secured with a rubber band. Change the water every two days.
• To use parsley, simply cut the stems of an entire bunch as close to
the leaves as possible. The stems of Italian parsley are actually quite
tender, so they won't be noticed if mixed into your recipes.
• Before chopping, make sure the leaves are thoroughly dry or they'll just stick to your knife.
• For easy chopping, hold parsley sprigs together and snip with kitchen shears.
Parsley is rich in calcium
and vitamins A
Try one of our favorite Italian parsley recipes:
Grilled Tuna with Black-Eye Pea Salad
Jerk Chicken Thighs on Sweet Potato Pancakes