Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Parsley has been around for a very long time.  It originally grew wild near the Mediterranean, and Greek mythology held that parsley sprang from the blood of the forerunner to death, Arhemorus.  This is why it was made into wreaths and hung on ancient tombs.  It was also used to crown the victors at the Isthmian games held in Greece.

Parsley was appreciated for its medicinal properties long before it became accepted as a food or herb.  It was probably first commonly eaten in Europe in the middle ages and Charlemagne is known to have grown large quantities of it before the end of the first mellenium.

Because of its ability to cleanse the breath and the palate, it was soon commonly used as a garnish, a practice that is still common today.

Health Benefits of Parsley

Parsley is an amazing medicinal herb that also tastes great and is agreeable to the stomach.  Here are some of it's health benefits:
  • The root contains calcium, B-complex vitamins, and iron which nourish the glands that help regulate the uptake of calcium
  • It is a good source of both magnesium and potassium
  • High in vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamin C
  • A good choice for bone health with lots of vitamin K
  • Has been used traditionally for congestion and inflammation of the kidneys and bladder, gravel, stones, and urine retention.
  • the root and leaves are both excellent for the liver and spleen
  • One of the best reliefs for edema, helping where other remedies have failed.
  • A very reliable diuretic remedy
  • The root and seeds contain ingredients that help produce a pain relieving benefit to relax stiff joints
  • Can help with excess mucus, gas, and reducing swollen or enlarged glands.
Caution :  It's best to avoid large amounts of parsley if you are pregnant

How to use Parley

To help with stiff and unmanageable fingers, try parsley tea.  Pour a quart of boiling water over a cup of firmly packed fresh parsley and steep for 15 minutes.  Strain and then refrigerate.

Parsley is also used in many dishes, including this one below.

Steamed Mussels

Ingredients :

-  3 1/2 to 4 lbs. of mussels
-  2 tablespoons of olive oil
-  1 tablespoon of butter
-  6 finely chopped garlic cloves
-  2 green onions, chopped
-  1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
-  1 1/2 cups of dry white wine
-  3/4 cup of chopped parsley

Directions :
  • Rinse the mussels well under cold water.  Pick them over, pulling off any beards, and discard any mussels that are broken or open.
  • In a large pot with a lid, heat the oil and butter over medium heat.
  • Add the green onion, garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant.
  • Add the mussels, wine and half of the parsley.  Increase the heat to high and cover the pan.
  • After 2 minutes, remove the lid and toss the mussels well with a large spoon, then cover the pot again.
  • Cook for about another 3 to 4 minutes until all the mussels have opened.
  • Add the remaining parsley, toss everything together, and serve the mussels along with the broth in bowls.
This is great served with Paleo bread so you can dip it in the delicious juices.  You can also eat it with a spoon like a soup.

Parsley is a great herb to have in your kitchen as you can use it with just about any dish.

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