Curly Parsley is a perennial herb with curly dentate leaves characterised by a more delicate taste compared to those of its smooth leaved brother. The highly decorative leaves make this plant a common sight in kitchens as a garnish.
Parsley is primarily used for its leaves in order to give a distinctive flavour to both meat and fish dishes. Finely chopped, parsley is added to sauces, vegetable soups and vegetable dishes.
It is important that parsley is added to dishes at the end of cooking so that the natural aroma is not lost.
Parsley is an excellent diuretic and depurative and is consumed, when needed, as an infusion or decoction. Essential oil made from parsley is used to add shine to hair and as a poultice, it also has an efficient medicinal use as a cure for bruising, irritation and insect bites.
The fact that parsley is an herb that has a wide range of uses has led to the famous Italian saying “to be everywhere, like parsley”.