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The parsley with personality

You'd probably have to be stuck under a culinary rock to not be aware of flat leaf parsley these days. But it wasn't too long ago that when someone said parsley, people thought of the curly variety.

It's good to know we've moved on from these times and now not only are we aware that parsley can be used for more than just a garnish, we also know there are two types available for adding flavour.

I'm a big fan of having both varieties in my garden. While I tend to use them interchangeably, it's good to know that when I need it I have on hand some parsley with personality - as I like to call flat leaf parsley.

Also known as Italian parsley, I think flat leaf has a stronger flavour than the curly kind. Although, in saying that the taste of both may change depending on where your parsley is planted and how old it is.

It's also good to know that parsley in general is a great source of vitamins K, A and C and is meant to have other beneficial characteristics including the ability to be a breath freshener!

You can grab your Awapuni flat leaf and curly parsley seedlings from your local supermarket or bunnings. Alternatively, head to our online store and get them delivered direct to your door.

Once you've got your seedlings look for a sunny, well-drained spot in your herb or vege garden to plant. Parsley will grow well in just about anything so don't forget to consider planter options like pots or hanging baskets.

The trick with parsley is to eat it as its ready and use it before it goes to seed. To ensure a steady supply, stagger your planting. That means every few weeks or couple of months plant another parsley seedling. As one reaches its end the other will be ready to plunder. And don't forget, when you're using your parsley with personality for more than just a garnish, the stems are also pretty tasty.

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