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Parsley Plain Leaved

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Petroselinum crispum Flat leaf/Italian Parsley. 

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Petroselinum crispum

  • In general, flat-leaf parsley has a more robust flavor.
  • Don't discard the stems, which have a stronger flavor than the leaves and can be used in making a bouquet garni.
  • Easier to chop. Sow at intervals from spring to late summer in rows 20 cm apart.
  • 500 seeds Cert. Org.(DE-OKO-007)

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!

Nutrients in parsley

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