Parsley Gigante d’Italia
Parsley Gigante d’Italia is a deep green, broad-leaved plant, with strong stalks, a fresh, slightly spicy aroma and a tangy-sweet flavour.
Also known as Sellerina, its long stalks can also be eaten like celery. Parsley Gigante d’Italia is a particularly high yielding variety. that is well suited to autumn cultivation due to its resistance to the cold.
Although parsley is a favourite of chefs worldwide, it has often been associated with death and evil. According to Greek mythology, the plant sprouted from the blood of the infant prince Archemorus, who was killed by a serpent. Later on, it became associated with Satan—since parsley seeds have a slow germination rate, the popular belief was that the seeds had to travel to hell and back many times before they could germinate.
|Latin name||Petroselinum crispum|
|Plant size|| Height: 45 cm|
Width: 20 cm
|Container size|| Height: 20 cm|
Width: 30 cm
|Companion plant(s)||Tomatoes, Peppers, Radishes, Garlic chives, Alpine strawberries|
|Planting indoors||Mar to Apr|
|Planting outdoors|| Apr to May|
Aug to Sep
|Germination||25 to 30 days|
|Harvesting||70 to 90 days|
|Planting||1 cm to 3 cm at 0.5 cm depth|
|Thinning||10 cm to 20 cm|
|Light||Full sun to partial shade|
|Soil||Well-drained, moist and loamy soil|
|Watering||Regular watering, allow to dry out|
|Caring||Parsley seeds do not germinate easily. Soak parsley seeds in warm water for one day prior to planting them and maintain the soil temperature at minimum 20 °C for best results. Don’t give up just because they are slow to germinate!|
|Beneficial wildlife||Attracts bees and butterflies.|
|Pests||Repels asparagus beetles.|
|Harvesting||Parsley grows during the first summer without flowering and goes dormant for the winter. The second summer it flowers, then stops producing leaves and dies after all the seeds are mature. Harvest parsley before it blooms for larger leaves and a stronger aroma.|
|Eating|| Medicinal use: Although it has a devilish reputation, parsley has a long history of aiding digestion.|
How to eat: Parsley is used for its clean, green, mineral-like flavour in various sauces, salads, stuffings and omelettes. A classic Italian sauce, Gremolada, is a simple three-ingredient condiment made with chopped parsley, garlic and lemon zest. This sauce is delicious sprinkled over roast meat. It is also the main ingredient in the middle-eastern dish Tabbouleh, which should be predominantly parsley with some bulgur wheat and not the other way round.
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