I began my love affair with parsley (among other things) when I studied abroad in Italy my junior year. We seemed to have prezzemolo on everything and it never failed to enhance what I was eating. I still dream about a particularly good homemade pasta with spicy mussels that was topped with parsley. If I was going to be executed that would be my last meal. Or one of them. Anyway . . . it’s my favorite herb and I am not alone in that. It’s the world’s most popular herb. Here are some things you should know:
-It seems that every time I write these fun facts, I am talking about antioxidants. Parsley is no slouch in that department. Extracts from parley increase antioxidant levels in the blood. And it’s also a great source of folic acid.
-Fresh parsley should be kept in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. If the parsley is slightly wilted, either sprinkle it lightly with some water or wash it without completely drying it before storing in the refrigerator.
-The ancient Greeks held parsley to be sacred, using it to not only adorn victors of athletic contests, but also for decorating the tombs of the deceased. The practice of using parsley as a garnish actually has a long history that can be traced back to the civilization of the ancient Romans.
-Some people say that it is a natural breath freshener. Let us know if you have any experience with that one.