Parsley is an easy herb to grow, and it tastes great in a number of dishes. This bienniel plant that features bright green featherlike leaves, is in the same family as dill and smells great. It also makes a lovely garnish for decorating any dinner plate. Parsley thrives in full sun, but will also do well in partial shade as long as it is in rich, moist soil. When it comes time to harvest the herb, the following tips will come in handy:
When Is Parsley Ready To Be Harvested?
Parsley is ready to harvest when its leaf stems have three segments. Usually, in this case the plant’s stems will be about 6 inches or longer.
How To Harvest Parsley
When your parsley is ready to harvest, using pruning sheers, cut the parsley’s leaves from the outer portions of the plant. Be sure to leave the inner portions of the plant to mature. Harvesting new leaves regularly encourages new growth.
How To Properly Store Parsley
One easy way to store parsley after a harvest is to put the leaf stalks in a glass of fresh water, like you would put flowers in a vase. Once you have placed the parsley leaf stalks in a glass of water, they can sit out on the counter for about a day or be placed in the refrigerator to keep the herb as fresh as possible. If the water is changed on a regular basis, the herb can last for a week in the refrigerator.
Another method of storing parsley is to let the herb dry out. This can be done by cutting the parsley at the base and hanging it in a well-ventilated, shady, warm place. Some people even let the parsley hang in the backseat of their car with the windows rolled up, since the humidity and sunlight here is ideal. Once the parsley is completely dry, crumble it up and store it in an airtight container or spice jar.
Another way to store fresh parsley is by putting it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. If it is slightly wilted, sprinkling it with a bit of water or washing it without completely drying it before storing in the refrigerator should do just the trick. Curly leaf parsley is best preserved by freezing since drying it tends to make it lose its crispness.
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