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Italian Parsley (Petroselinum crispum neapolitanum)

Color Name: Italian Parsley

More subtle grass-like flavor and aroma than regular parsley. Italian Parsley is an annual. Our favorite type because flavor is extra rich. Adds true European character to soups and stews. Dark green, glossy leaves, strong flavor. Taller, has larger leaves than standard strain. Very popular. It both enhances and dilutes strong flavors such as onions or garlic.

That familiar sprig of greenery on the side of your dinner plate is an edible breath freshener. Parsley is a clump-forming biennial to about a 1 ft (0.3 m) tall and twice as wide. It has bright green multi-compound flat leaves. The leaflets are finely divided and held at the end of long stems and the whole plant has a rounded, mound-like shape. In its second summer, parsley sends up stalks with compound umbels of small yellow flowers.

Growing Tips: Harvesting parsley: You can begin harvesting parsley when it is about 6" tall and relatively full. Cut as needed, but try not to remove more than 1/3 of the leaves at a time. Harvest whole stems, from the base of the plant, to encourage more growth. You can cut and dry the leaves remaining at the end of the season or leave the plants in the ground and try to get more use from the plants the following spring. Although parsley is biennial, most people find the leaves too bitter the second year and the flower stalks will grow surprisingly fast. However, they may hold you over until your new crop is mature enough to harvest. When you pick parsley grasp one of the lower stalks and pull it gently downward while giving it a little twist. The stalk will give way where it meets the plant. In mild-weather areas you can harvest parsley year-round. To keep the parsley fresh while waiting to use it, put the stems in a glass jar of water and refrigerate. You can dry parsley to use later on, but you should dry it in the oven to avoid a yellowish tint. An attractive alternative to drying is freezing: puree it in the blender and then freeze it with a little water in ice cube trays. You can plop a cube into your soups all winter and relive that summer taste of fresh parsley.

Flower Color: White shades / Foliage Color: Green shades

Height: 12-20 Inches / Spread: 12-20 Inches

Hardy in Zone:6
Blooms:Summer
Foliage Season:Summer
Exposure:
Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Shade
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Needs:
Moderate
Moderate
Growth Rate:Medium
Characteristics:
Cut Flower or Foliage
Cut Flower or Foliage
Dried Flower
Dried Flower
Container
Container
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Critter Resistance:
Deer
Deer