Parsley - Moss Curled

Parsley - Moss curled

This plant has tightly curled deep green leaves. Use extensively in a variety of culinary ways it also can be used in a tea as a blood cleanser and is well known as an antidote for the smell of garlic on the breath. Companion plant with tomatoes. Bees love it Aphids don’t. Biennial. Ground cover. H:30cm W:30cm. 12cm, 17cm.

Parsley - Italian Giant

Parsley- Italian Giant

Has deep green flat leaves. Used extensively in a variety of culinary ways. It can also be used in a tea as a blood cleanser and is well-known as an antidote for the smell of garlic on the breath. Companion plant with tomatoes. Bees love it. Aphids do not. Biennial.Annual. H:60cm W:30cm. 12cm, 17cm.

Parsley Soup

Parsley - Parsley soup

Parsley can be used in various ways. Give some colour to your rice or potato dishes, a topping for soup, use as a base in pesto's, decorate your plate or flavour your meat and vegetables.


 

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In the garden:

Growth Characteristics:
•Clump-forming biennial, Frost hardy, Height 25 cm, Spread 25 cm,
•Can be used as a border planting in the garden for a soft finish,

Cultivation:
•Composted, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in sun or partial shade (minimum 4 hours direct sun),
•Never allow the soil to dry out, as it requires moist soil conditions, but prevent a waterlogged situation.
•Parsley is ideal for container growing, but ensure that you use a well-drained potting soil and a container with proper drainage holes,
•Fertilize with an organic fertilizer at least once a month, as parsley is a heavy feeder. Yellowing leaves will indicate either a drainage problem (too waterlogged), or a lack of fertilizer.

Harvesting:
•Leaves are picked during the growing season, and used fresh as needed. Pick leaves from the outside of the plant. Leaves can be dried or frozen for later use. The tastiest leaves will
•be produced in the first growing season. Therefore regard parsley as an annual and replace it every season.

Companion Planting:
•Vegetables: Asparagus, Onions, Tomatoes,
•Shrubs: Grow with Roses to improve their health and scent,
•Herbs: Chives, Garlic,
•Do not plant with: Mint.

 

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Culinary use:

•Freshly picked leaves are used for garnishing and to enhance the flavour of other foods and herbs. It is valued for its taste and nutritional content. Add the fresh leaves just before the end of cooking to retain the best flavour.
•Combines well with Chervil, French Tarragon, Fennel, Lemon Balm,
•Beans, Fresh Salads, Potatoes, Tomatoes,
•Beef, Chicken, Fish, Game, Lamb, Shellfish, Veal,
•Cheese, Egg dishes, Casseroles, Sandwiches, Soup, French dishes, Italian dishes, Mexican dishes, Sauces, Butter, Salad Dressings, Stuffing and Savoury Dishes.

•Nutrition:
•Highly nutritious, packed with vitamins and minerals. One of the richest sources of vitamin C.
•Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, C, D, E, bioflavonoids, Calcium, Folic acid (Folate), Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Silica, Zinc.

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Cosmetic use:

•An infusion can be added to bath water to soothe the skin.Use in Herbal Bath Smoothies,
•A dry skin will benefit from a facial steam and will help to minimize freckles.
•Use as a hair tonic and conditioner.

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Health benefits:

Parsley may be beneficial in the following cases:

Metabolism
• Tonic, Halitosis, Clears toxins, Fatigue.

Sensory System
• Eyes : Macular Degeneration - High in the Carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, that is beneficial for MD.

Endocrine System
• Mild activator of adrenals and thyroid gland.

Skin
•An infusion made from the seed and used as hair rinse, is effective for killing head lice.
•Strengthen hair, nails and skin.

Respiratory System
•Coughs, expectorant.

Cardiovascular System
•High blood pressure, Anaemia.

Liver
•Liver disorders and inflammation of the Gall bladder.

Digestive system
•Carminative, Indigestion, Cramps, Colic, Anorexia.

Urinary System
•Cystitis, Diuretic, Oedema, Kidney stones.

Reproductive System
•Menstrual complaints, PMS and menopausal hot flashes,
•Prostatitis.

Musculo / Skeletal System
•Rheumatism and arthritis.

Preparation and dosage:
TEA:
• 1 Cup of tea made from fresh leaves, 3 times per day.

TINCTURE (leaves, root or seeds):
• 2-4 ml in water, three times per day.

CAUTION:
• Do not use in medicinal dosage during pregnancy

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Insect repellant

Repellant for:
•Asparagus beetle.