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Myths About Parsley  

There are many beliefs and superstitions associated with parsley, such as by the  Ancient Romans who wore parsley wreaths at banquets to prevent intoxication from all the good Italian wine they drank.  

Parsley's long germination time, from seventy to ninety days, led to the old saying that parsley seed goes six times to the Devil and back before it germinates.  

Culinary Uses For Parsley  

With its subtle yet recognizable flavor, parsley is a widely used herb by cooks – from the world's best chefs to the mom next door.  It is a key ingredient in French bouquets garnis , in sauces, stocks, herb butters and even teas.  Below are two recipes using fresh parsley that I hope you enjoy!

Parsley Cream Sauce  

This delicate sauce infused with the flavor of freshly chopped parsley offers a pleasant accompaniment for steamed vegetables, broiled or grilled lamb or fish.  

Ingredients  

2 Tablespoons butter

2 Tablespoons all purpose flour

10 fluid ounces warm whole milk

1 Tablespoon freshly chopped parsley

sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preparation  

Melt the butter in a pan, but do not allow it to brown, then add the flour and whisk until smooth.

Cook over a gentle heat for 2-3 minutes stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and add the milk, little by little, stirring after each addition to prevent any lumps forming.

Bring the sauce to a boil, stirring constantly.

Add the parsley, salt and pepper and cook on low heat for another 3 minutes.  

Fresh Parsley Tea  

This tea is excellent for winding down at the end of a long day.  Add honey and lemon for flavor, or enjoy it plain.  

Ingredients  

2 cups water

2 Tbsp chopped fresh leaves

Preparation  

Add the freshly chopped leaves to a pre-warmed teapot and pour on freshly boiled water. Let steep for 5-10 minutes before serving. You can drink the herbs as well in this tea, but, if you wish you can also strain them.

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