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Umbelliferae, Apiaceae Petroselinum crispum (Mill.) Nym.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Parsley is a leafy plant, the leaves being used mainly for garnishing meats, fish and other dishes. The finely chopped leaves are also used as flavoring. Leaf shape is generally triangular, and varies from 3-leaflet to greatly curled and cut. For market, the plant is grown as an annual. Seed may be sown in beds for field transplanting, or direct in the field. In harvesting, the outer leaves are removed for market as they attain suitable size, and the plant continues to produce.

Season, seeding to first harvest: 70 to 90 days.

Production in U.S.: 2,917 acres reported in 1959 census. Possibly 3,000 tons.

Use: Mainly for garnishing and flavoring other foods.

Part of plant consumed: Leaves only, may be dehydrated.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch