Parsley, do you prefer it flat or fried?

Curly parsley differs from flat parsley although it is basically the same botanical species. Very aromatic, this aromatic flavor deliciously perfumes salads and cooked dishes. Flat or curly, which one to choose? For what job? Let’s see if there really is a noticeable difference!

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Parsley, do you prefer it flat or fried?

Flat and curly parsley under the gaze of botany

At the strict level of botany, these two types of parsley come from the same species: Petroselinum sativum. Parsley is part of the vast family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae).

Curly parsley is none other than variety from parsley named Petroselinum sativum var. curly hair in reference to its crisp (curled) leaves. Note that there are many cultivars, each with specific characteristics.

Biennials, flat and curly parsley have a two-year vegetative cycle. They need drained, fertile and loose soil to thrive. They both appreciate a sunny location, even partially shaded in the southern regions.

They are equally capricious about germination (up to 1 month) and do not tolerate freezing above -10 ° C.

Some people prefer the appearance of curly parsley, others that of flat parsley, let’s see what differentiates them …

Special features of curly parsley

Ornemental, a beautiful dark green, the curly parsley is always splendid in dish decoration. It also finds an unexpected application in bouquets in the company of summer flowers for which it serves as a backdrop.

This parsley keeps quite a long time after cutting if it is placed in a glass of water.

Known to have less flavor and fragrance than flat parsley, there are varieties such as’Dark Green Dwarf‘which offer a very pronounced taste.

Less tolerant to cooking than flat parsley, it is favorite raw and finely chopped in cold recipes, salads, but also to enhance sauces, or mayonnaise. It goes perfectly with cottage cheese, yogurt and is part of the composition of the butter that accompanies the snails.

Some people do not like curly parsley, because if it is poorly chopped, it can be difficult to swallow and unpleasant in the mouth.

Special features of flat-leaf parsley

Flat-leaf parsley is very aromatic and maybe used raw or cooked in the preparation of specific dishes in which it will develop all its aromas. This is the case with the ‘Parsley pasta‘an Italian recipe, or the famous Lebanese Tabbouleh which, if made according to the rules of the art, is a real salad of parsley and mint where tomatoes and bulgur are not at all in the majority!

The withstands heat better than curly parsley but it is always interesting to add a fresh touch just before serving to have access to the full range of flavors that it is capable of developing.

Flat parsley is difficult to keep. Ideally, it will be placed in a specific bag (with micro-holes) and put in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator.


Source: Au Jardin, conseils en jardinage by www.aujardin.info.

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