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Member Name: Karenwilson
Date: 06/03/01, updated on 06/03/01 (86 review reads)
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I bet your thinking that why on earth is someone writing an opinion about parsley. Well let me explain my actions. When I first wrote on Dooyoo the idea was to improve my writing skills and I wrote mainly about certain subjects that were of interest to me. This time I decided to take a different angle and write about a product that has never interested me before but I would research the subject and try and write a long and detailed opinion.
I should at this point say that instead of dropping off to sleep with boredom doing my research I actually got quite interested and was really surprised what properties parsley had to offer. I guarantee that after you have read this you will be buying parsley either fresh or dried. Now let me begin before you get too bored.
~~ Originated ~~
It is native to the Mediterranean area. It is thought that parsley may have been brought to North America by the Vikings by dropping seeds from their pockets. The Greeks also used parsley to make garlands and wreaths for award winning Olympic athletes.
~~ Parsley –
Latin name: - Petroselinum Crispum ~~
Parsley is one of the best known and most widely used herbs. It is in fact a member of the carrot family. (See something new you learn everyday!) It’s actually a biennial but usually cultivated as an annual because the first year leaves have the best flavour. Parsley is most often found in fresh salads or as an uneaten garnish. There are four varieties of parsley:-
Neapolitan – This is grown for its stalks.
Curly Leaf - Mostly for garnishing.
Flat leaf – This has a stronger flavour than the other varieties.
Hamburg – This is grown for an enlarged edible root.
~~ Planting ~~
Prefers full sun and plant in rich well-drained soil with a mixture of manure or compost.
Sow 15 – 20 seeds/foot in the early spring. The spacing between the r
ows should be 18” and plant 0.25” deep.
Germination takes 6-8 weeks and the leaves are ready for use in approximately 3 months after seeding. To quicken up the process soak the seeds in lukewarm water for 24 hours before planting.
~~ Healing Properties ~~
Parsley is used in classical folk medicines for over 2,000 years. The seeds have been used to relieve gas and stimulate the digestive action. The root and leaves can help to increase urine output and rid the body of excess fluids, thus helping to treat urinary infections and the entire plant is claimed to stimulate digestion and act as an expectorant to aid in the elimination of mucus.
It can also treat all the following:-
Weight loss and slimming
Flushing kidneys and bladder
Menstrual pain and irregularity
Acts as a detoxifer.
Apparently it’s a great breath freshener due to its high chlorophyll content. It’s a good source of iron, calcium, beta-carotene, potassium, niacin and vitamins B1 B2 and C.
The essential oils extracted from parsley have been shown to lower blood pressure and act as a mild sedative. Volatile oils contained in parsley seeds should never be given to pregnant women.
~~ Herbal Tea ~~
Pour some boiling water over the leaves and let it stand for 5 minutes, then strain and drink. Only use the leaves, as the seeds can become toxic in too higher a dose. Now I have told you how it’s done we should all give it a try. Personally I do not fancy the idea as I have chewed on a piece of parsley before and it really was not pleasurable.
Now let me finish off by saying that I hope you learnt something about this herb that you did not know before and I hope it made interesting reading.
You can wake up now I’ve finished.