How to harvest Curly Leaf Parsley
Leaves ready for harvest 80 days after sowing. To ensure the best-flavoured leaves, treat Parsley like an annual - cut out the flower stalk when it appears to prevent the plant from going to seed and harvest leaves as needed. Best used during the first year. Can be frozen or dried. Let the plant produce seed in the 2nd season when leaves will turn bitter.
How to propagate Curly Leaf Parsley
In Spring to Summer, soak seeds for 3 days, changing the water every day. Then sow in a spot with bright light, 6mm deep, in rich, well-drained soil. Keep moist. Germination in 5-6 weeks.
Special features of Curly Leaf Parsley
Well suited as a pot plant. Will give a continuous crop if clipped regularly. Use a pot that is at least 30cm x 30cm.
Attracts useful insects
Parlsey blooms will attract insects.
Other uses of Curly Leaf Parsley
Useful to stimulate appetite, relieve flatulence and urinary tract troubles and to improve the function of adrenal glands. Acts against bad breath and soothes bee stings and open wounds. High chlorophyll content gives it antiseptic properties.
Leaves and stalks have a clean, peppery flavour used universally in all kinds of food, and as a garnish. Contains a lot of Vit A and C, Calcium and Iron. Contains essential oil and coumarin. Leaves have a fresh taste, but the stems' flavour is stronger.
Parsley seed oil is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.