Parsley ( Petroselinum crispum) is a true powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, containing high levels of vitamins A, B12, C and K, iron, as well as chlorophyll, calcium and folic acid among others. It is one of the world‘s most popular herbs and one of the most important for providing vitamins to the body. Parsley is also a natural anti-inflammatory and antihistamine. It contains various volatile oils that have been shown to inhibit tumour cell formation. It also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that act like sunscreen for your eyes and guard against macular degeneration.
In the garden, parsley likes nutrient-rich, moisture-retentive soil. Dig in plenty of compost or well-rotted manure before planting. Ensure your soil is free-draining. If plants become waterlogged, crown rot may occur. In warmer areas, parsley prefers to grow in part shade.
While parsley is a biennial, plants are best grown as annuals. In their second year the leaves become slightly bitter. Plants self-sow regularly, so new plants will pop up each year anyway. Curly leaf and flat-leaf parsley like the same conditions.