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Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is best known
as a plate garnish whose use is not only decorative, but also works as an after-dinner
breath "mint" to reduce mouth odor. This is due to Chlorophyll, abundant in
fresh parsley, which does indeed absorb odors. Parsley is also a good source of iron and
trace elements needed for good health.
Parsley is one of the oldest and longest-used herbs known to man. It
was described in a Greek herbal written in the third century B.C. and is probably a native
of the eastern Mediterranean area, though its exact origin is not known. In ancient
Greece, Parsley was placed in wreaths given to winning athletes because the Greeks
believed that the god Hercules had chosen Parsley for his garlands.
Today, in addition to a garnish, Parsley is extensively in food
preparation to enhance the flavor of meats, fish, fowl, eggs and vegetables.