other names:Petroselinum bortense, Hoffm. umbelliferae
Parsley is not only a very popular herb it is also very popular for it being most effective and versatile. Today parsley is most used as a decorative herb but has high nutrition and medical use which tends to get over looked. Some people believe that parsley is indigenous to the Sardine, Turkey, Algeria, and Lebanon, where it still grows in the wild. The Romans are responsible for bringing the herb to England. The English carried and cultivated the herb around the world. The Greeks thought that the god Hercules chose parsley for his garland and so than it was woven into crowns for his victors. The Greek warrior would feed parsley to horses before they raced them with belief that it would help them run much faster. At the Greek banquet, chaplets of parsley would be worn to absorb the fumes of trier wines to help them from becoming inebraited. Parsley was also used to subdue the odor of garlic, onions or any other smelly foods they might have eaten.
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