Parsley - How To Use
Parsley is often added to a dish to boost the flavour without adding salt. Parsnips are a close relative to parsley.
Parsley may be common, but it's a nutritious and valuable seasoning because of its high vitamin C and iron content. Parsley is also high in vitamin K. Great for bone and heart health. Vitamin K is an essential vitamin for blood clotting.
- Parsley has an association with death. The ancient Greeks were of the opinion that parsley came from the blood of Ophelets, whose name means forerunner of death. Presenting winners at "funeral games" and athletic games with parsley crowns in honour of the deceased. In need of parsley, the saying meant that someone was so ill that they were expected to die.
- The Tudors believed that parsley would cure baldness.
- The Romans wore parsley to ward off evil spirits.
- In today's world, parsley has many more positive meanings, such as knowledge and lasting pleasure.
Chief flavour profile
Apiole: (parsley-like and herbaceous) apiole is the main compound found in the oils of parsley. The apiole of parsley is also found in celery leaves. There are 45 different flavour compounds found in parsley oils. Although it is unique in taste, these different flavour profiles complement many other spices and herbs. Nutmeg and parsley both hold the myristicin compound.
Blends to try with Parsley
Complex, zesty and aromatic, this beautiful mixed herb blend is a variant of a lost recipe from a 13th-century medieval Arabian cookbook, with the literal translation meaning ‘bouquet’ or ‘bunch’ of herbs. Playing homage to the ancient trade of herbs, adding a little sprinkle will bring a fresh and luscious zing to savoury dishes like omelettes, baked beans on toast, pasta, soups and cheese toasties. Reaching for Bāqa will soon be like second nature. Ordinarily, if you like Za'Atar, you will like Baqa. However, the flavour alchemy is quite different.
A luscious and savoury all-purpose seasoning blend. Paying homage to Ancient Roman cookery that celebrated the eating of vegetables, it was and still is understood that eating vegetables may help lower the risk of various health problems. Made with dehydrated ground herbs, vegetables and spices. Seasoning vegetables with this delectable blend and making it a part of a healthy diet can add a distinct flavour profile. Try a pinch with smashed avocado on sourdough bread or 2 tsp for a whole roast chicken marinade.