|Zone:||Not hardy; grow as an annual|
General: Green leafy plants to 12" with decorative curled and frilled leaves. Use fresh as a decorative garnish or in tomato based dishes. Parsley performs best in a moist, well-drained soil and plenty of bright sunlight.
Culinary Uses: Curly parsley can be used similarly to flat parsley but it thrives in dishes like tabbouleh, a classic Lebanese salad of minced parsley, bulger, and tomatoes; bouquet garni, where you tie 3 springs parsley, 3 springs thyme, and 1 bay leaf together with kitchen twine and toss it into a stockpot to add flavor; as a garnish, the sprigs add a fresh look to any platter or roast.
Medicinal Uses: Parsley adds color and aids in digestion and can help to prevent gas and bloating. The leaves and roots are high in iron content and rich in vitamins A, B, C, and trace minerals. Its high concentration of boron and fluoride might help against bone thinning and osteoporosis. The leaf and root can also be used in teas as a diuretic to rid the body of excess water.
Ornamental Uses: Parsley has multiple sprigs of curling, divided leaves that grow into a handsome mound of greenery. If allowed to remain in the garden over the winter it will go to seed the following year and send up flowering stalks that produce delicate, umbrella-shaped clusters of flowers.