Parsley Moss Curled
- Parsley attracts several species of wildlife. Some swallow tail butterflies use parsley as a host plant for their larvae; their caterpillars are black and green striped with yellow dots, and will feed on parsley for two weeks before turning into butterflies. Bees and other nectar-feeding insects also visit the flowers. Birds such as the goldfinch feed on the seeds
- Parsley grows best in moist, well-drained soil, with full sun, between 22-30 celsius.
- Germination can be slow.
- Sow at intervals from spring to late summer in rows 20 cm apart.
700 seeds Cert. Org.(GB-ORG-6)
Health benefits of Parsley
- Rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibre. Helps in controlling blood-cholesterol, and may offer protection from free radical mediated injury and cancers.
- Contains essential volatile oils that include myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene.
- Eugenol is used in dentistry as a local anesthetic and anti-septic agent for teeth and gum diseases.
- Parsley is rich in poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidants, including apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin; and has been rated as one of the plant sources with quality antioxidant activities.
- The herb is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. 100 g fresh herb provides 554 mg or 12% of daily-required levels of potassium. Potassium is the chief component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
- 100 g fresh parsley provides 6.2 mg or 48% of daily-required iron which is essential for the production of red blood cells. Useful way to add vegetarian sourced iron to your diet.
- Additionally, the herb is also rich in many antioxidant vitamins, including; vitamin-A, beta-carotene, vitamin-C, vitamin-E, zea-xanthin, lutein, and cryptoxanthin. Zea-xanthin helps prevent age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) in the retina (eye) through its anti-oxidant and ultra-violet light filtering functions.
- Fresh herb leaves are also rich in many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), riboflavin (vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin B-3), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins play a vital role in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism by acting as co-enzymes inside the human body.
- It is, perhaps, the richest herbal source for vitamin K; providing 1640 µg or 1366% of recommended daily intake. Vitamin K has been found to have the potential role in bone health by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones.
- So - don't leave it on the side of your plate!