Flat Leaf Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
With a sharp flavour and fresh aroma, flat leaf parsley may not look as interesting as its curly sibling, but it certainly scores highly on the flavour front. A biennial herb with a classic umbelliferous rosette of rich green leaflets, parsley grows best in temperate conditions, planted in moist, well-drained soil.
Flat parsley is a tremendously versatile herb that deserves its place at the table. Used as either a garnish or ingredient, flat leaf parsley has wide appeal – and thanks to the distinctive peppery taste, makes a great accompaniment to European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes.
Curly parsley is an excellent garnish, but for cooking it’s better to go with the flat leaf variety. Flat leaf parsley has a greater heat tolerance, enabling flavour retention.