How to Grow, Preserve, Dry, Store, and Use Parsley

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Types of Parsley

  • Curly leaf Parsley: garnish
  • Flat leaf/Italian Parsley: strong flavor
  • Root Parsley: vegetable addition to soup, stew or eaten as is.
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How to Grow Parsley from Cuttings?

  1. Cut a stem of Parsley approximately 3 inches tall that has leaves attached to it.
  2. Put it in water in a window sill that gets a lot of sun.
  3. Once the roots have grown after a couple of weeks, place into well drained soil and continue growing.

How to Grow Parsley Outdoors?

  • If you have a new plant from a nursery you have a couple of options- if it’s still cold outside at night, start growing inside on a sunny windowsill. Place outside after the last frost.
  • Parsley likes it’s soil damp, be sure to continue watering throughout the summer
  • Plant seeds 6-8 inches apart so they aren’t too crowded.
  • Plant seeds outside covering them only by 1 cm of soil. Give them a bit of room to grow, not too much is needed. 
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Parsley Growing Conditions

  • Wet soil
  • A bit of sunlight
  • Try to not clutter the plant – thin it out so it will continue to grow

How do you cut parsley to encourage growth?

  • Cut clippings from the outside to encourage new growth in the middle of the plant
  • Cut any flowers that begin forming to extend the life of your herb

How to Preserve Parsley in Fridge?

  • Place stems of freshly cut Parsley into a glass of water
  • Store the glass full of Parsley in the fridge to extend the life and flavor of the herb
  • Change the water as needed

How to Eat Parsley?

  • Use the leaves only when eating Parsley. The stems are very bitter and won’t have that sweeter flavor the leaves do.
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What is Parsley Good for in Cooking?

  • Frittata
  • Omlette
  • Garnish for hummus
  • Topping salmon
  • Bean salads
  • Cauliflower with lemon/olive oil
  • Shrimp dip
  • Crab dip
  • Vegetable stock
  • Vegetable soup
  • Salad dressing
  • Including in salad as greenery

Dried Parsley Uses

  • Burgers
  • Risotto
  • Potatoes

Have too much Parsley, and you’re not sure what to do?

Dry your Parsley so you can use it all year round.

How to dry Parsley?

  1. Cut stems of Parsley from the outer edge of the plant
  2. Tie the stems together
  3. Place Parsley in a paper bag
  4. Poke a couple of holes in the bag to aerate them.
  5. Store the bag in a cool, dry area for a couple of weeks.
  6. After 2 weeks, take your Parsley and grind them up with your fingers. You should have a nice medium grind – perfect for adding to dishes
  7. Store in an airtight container for ~ 1 year.

By using the paper bag method, you’ll keep the strong green color and flavor as much as possible.

Parsley is a light, fresh herb that adds character to dishes like eggs, meat, dips and potatoes. Try growing it for yourself next summer and see how you like cooking with your freshly grown herb.