Botanist's Glossary

Parsley - Petroselinum crispum

  • Description
    • Parsley (Apiaceae family) is a biennial plant that grows to 60 cm to 1 meter and is probably native to the Eastern Mediterranean. It gives off a characteristic scent when the leaves are rubbed and is a very popular herb. Too often, in cooking, it is given a decorative role, whereas its high Vitamin C and A content make it an excellent ingredient for regular consumption.
  • Traditions
    • Parsley has long been reputed as a beneficial plant. In some traditions, it is believed to be an aphrodisiac. It also has a major medicinal role and is frequently used in European medicine. Parsley root is a diuretic, while its juice is used to treat anemia, as an emmenagogue, and to relieve sore eyes.
  • Properties
    • Parsley extract has an inhibiting action on the key enzyme involved in melanin pigmentation. It also has antioxidant properties due to its vitamin C concentration. It acts on cell renewal, to help brighten the complexion.