Parsley is an herb and a vegetable native to the Mediterranean region where it has been associated with the afterlife and liminal areas. It was used to crown victors at funerary games and was planted around the outside edges of gardens. The Romans wore parsley to protect against intoxication and accidents and placed a sprig of parsley on their plates to prevent against food poisoning and ensure the diners’ good moods and healthy appetites.
Parsley is more than just garnish, it makes a delicious salad green itself. When used as an herb in cooked foods, it should be added near the end of cooking. Dried parsley loses much of its flavor. Parsley is best fresh.
Parsley is packed with nutrition including protein, fiber, and a huge variety of vitamins and minerals. Use it liberally, and feed it to your herbivorous pets (my rabbits love it).