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Serving Size: 2 tbsp
Species: Petroselinum crispum
If you are in search of a diuretic parsley is an exceptional choice. Unlike other diuretics parsley allows for water excretion without the loss of electrolytes, a process known as aquaresis. Its hot and dry qualities are helpful for draining excess Kapha in the spring when your body is naturally letting go of winter weight.
Volatile oils in parsley help to tone the uterus or bring on a late menses. In addition, parsley increases the body's ability to absorb manganese, a key ingredient to help build bone. From an Ayurvedic view parsley, like all digestives, helps freshen breath.
Parsley was revered for is medicinal potency long before it was eaten as a food. Native to the central Mediterranean region, the herb was sacred to the ancient Greeks. They used it to adorn victorious athletes and decorate the tombs of the dead.
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When it comes parsley there are two types-- flat leafed and curly leafed. If you plan to freeze then curly leafed parsley is a better option for its ability to withstand the cold. Flat leafed parsley has a stronger taste.
Used as a garnish since ancient times, today parsley adds decorative freshness to otherwise flat fare such as rice pilaf and potato dishes. Experiment with parsley in soups, sauces or on top of fish.
For a parsley rich recipe, try tabbouleh. The national dish of Lebanon, tabbouleh pairs chopped parsley with heavy bulghar wheat grains. The freshness of the parsley assists in the digestion of the grains.
In France, parsley and garlic are chopped and stirred together in a mixture known as Persillade. Italians in Milan add lemon juice to the garlic and parsley for a spread called Gremolata. Parsley is one of the most widely used herbs in Spanish cuisine and can be found in foods from all over the world. Try adding parsley to your next dish. Itís a great gateway herb to start incorporating fresh herbs into all your cooking.
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