Aromatic plants

Grow parsley

Origin and provenance of parsley

Parsley is a fragrant herb belonging to the ‘apiaceae’ family. If cultivated it appears as a biennial plant while it is perennial in the wild. The cultivation of parsley comes mainly from the countries of the Mediterranean area and from some regions of Asia. Today, however, it can be found in almost every vegetable garden in the world and is commonly found in meadows and forests of temperate zones. In general it is appreciated for its aromatic and healing properties of some mild ailments. Parsley was already known in ancient times by the Greeks and Romans. The Greeks used it to decorate their heads during banquets while the Romans put it on the graves of their loved ones. In nature we can find two main types of parsley. One is the ‘petroselinum hortense’, more common and widespread and the other is the ‘

Parsley plant structure

To grow a lush and healthy parsley plant, it is good to know the main characteristics of this variety in depth. It usually occurs as a herbaceous species composed of several erect stems that can even reach a height of 80 cm. The root is generally large and fleshy while the leaves are supported by long petioles, are toothed and divided into various broken sections. In fact, the margins of the leaves are jagged and irregular. After about two years of cultivation you will have the first flowers supported by thin stems and grouped in umbrella-shaped bundles. These little flowers are small, white or green in color and usually bloom in the middle of summer. They then produce lots of gray and brown seeds with small streaks.

Parsley Growing Guide

As for the cultivation of parsley, this is relatively simple and does not require a great deal of energy. We can choose whether to plant parsley in pots or you can decide to put it in the vegetable garden or in the garden. In any case it is a hardy plant and grows very well in temperate and warm climates. It tolerates exposure to light but it is best to always ensure a minimum of shade in summer. Parsley then does not tolerate too intense cold as well as temperatures over 35 °. As for the soil, however, the plant is not particularly demanding but the ideal would be a fertile, slightly acidic and well-drained soil. It will therefore be watered often, even every day. And if you want to grow parsley in pots, it is advisable to use terracotta ones to let the earth breathe.

Cultivating parsley: Uses and properties of parsley

The saying ‘to be like parsley’ actually has a very logical explanation. In fact, an annoying and intrusive person is compared to this plant precisely because parsley is always present in the garden of the house, both in summer and in winter. This fragrant herb, commonly called ‘odor’, is widely used in the Italian culinary tradition and beyond. It is often used to flavor and flavor meat and fish dishes, sauces and even pasta. With its slightly pungent and decisive flavor it is also used to garnish more elaborate dishes with a touch of color. In reality, parsley has unsuspected beneficial qualities. It can be used to make compresses against insect bites or to relieve bruises.

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