Herb of the Month: Parsley

We’re starting the season by celebrating a quintessential green herb: parsley. Did you know it was traditionally added to plates as a way to freshen breath after meals?
Spring is in the air and fresh herbs are in season, readily available at grocery stores, farmer's markets and home gardens. We’re starting the season by celebrating a quintessential green herb: parsley. Did you know it was traditionally added to plates as a way to freshen breath after meals?
Parsley Basics

This green Mediterranean herb is part of the Umbelliferae family along with carrots and celery. The parsley plant prefers to grow in rocky areas. There are more than 30 varieties of the herb with the most popular being the stronger flavored "flat" leaf (AKA Italian) and the milder "curly" leaf.

Parsley is grown worldwide. In the U.S., it’s mostly grown commercially in California and Florida. Curled parsley is available all-year while Italian parsley may sometimes be more difficult to find.

Nutrition Info

One tablespoon of fresh parsley has only 1 calorie but has over 75% of your daily recommended dose of vitamin K. It also has vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, potassium, calcium and iron.

Parsley also contains special compounds called flavonoids that have been shown to help prevent cancer. Animal studies have also found that it helps lower blood sugar in diabetics. Parsley is also an effective breath freshener due to the high amount of chlorophyll it contains.

What To Do With Parsley

Parsley is available fresh or dried. It can be added to soups, sauces, pasta and grain dishes, veggies, meats and fish. Add fresh parsley toward the end of the cooking process for the best flavor and highest amount of nutrients.

Parsley is also the star ingredient along with bulgur in the classic Mediterranean dish tabbouleh.

Shopping Tip: Look for fresh parsley with bright green leaves that aren’t wilted or yellow. To store, wash fresh parsley, shake off excess water, wrap in a paper towel then place in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Trim any wilted parts before storing. Curled leaf parsley may be frozen.

Recipes to try:

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »

Keep Reading

Next Up

Herb of the Month: Lovage

Have you even heard of this fresh herb? Here's why lovage deserves some love.

Herb of the Month: Cilantro

Most folks just love it or hate it – cilantro is fresh, flavorful and super easy to grow. Find out what’s to love about this polarizing herb.

Herb of the Month: Sage

If you thought all fresh herbs were past their prime, you’d be mistaken. Fresh sage is now in season!

Herb of the Month: Thyme

It’s the season to pick up fresh thyme. Packed with flavor and nutritious goodness, make this delicious herb part of your next meal.

Herb of the Month: Chives

Learn why chives are so good for you, then try our mouthwatering chive recipes.

Herb of the Month: Dill

The Romans believed this herb was a symbol of good luck. This month we’re celebrating fresh and feathery dill.

Herb of the Month: Sorrel

This spinach-like tart herb is now in season. Pick up a bunch and get cooking!

Herb of the Month: Tarragon

Tarragon made our list of Top Herbs for Healthy Cooking because it’s easy to grow and its feathery leaves are just as tasty frozen or dried as they are fresh.

Herb of the Month: Lavender

Nicknamed the "herb of love," lavender is in season now. For those new to the idea of cooking with lavender, we’ve got simple recipes to get you started.

Herb of the Month: Rosemary

Fresh herbs are becoming tougher to find as the weather becomes colder. Luckily, rosemary is still available- so grab a bunch while you still can!

On TV

The Pioneer Woman

9:30am | 8:30c

Cupcake Wars

10am | 9c

Cupcake Wars

11am | 10c

Cake Wars

12pm | 11c

The Pioneer Woman

1:30pm | 12:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

2:30pm | 1:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

3:30pm | 2:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

4:30pm | 3:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

5:30pm | 4:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

6:30pm | 5:30c

Chopped

7pm | 6c

Chopped

8pm | 7c

Chopped

9pm | 8c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Beat Bobby Flay

10pm | 9c

Beat Bobby Flay

10:30pm | 9:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

11:30pm | 10:30c

Chopped

12am | 11c

Beat Bobby Flay

1:30am | 12:30c

Beat Bobby Flay

2:30am | 1:30c

Chopped

3am | 2c

Mystery Diners

4:30am | 3:30c

Food Network Apps

In the Kitchen

Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

Facebook Messenger

Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.

Amazon Echo

Just say "Alexa, enable Food Network skill" to get started.