Scientific Name: Petroselinum crispum
Origin: United States
Sure, you might think of Parsley Flakes as that leafy garnish you always find atop your meal at restaurants. But, did you know that aside from adding a bit of flair and flavor to your meal, these little leaves also pack a wealth of medicinal benefits? A great source of Vitamins A, B-12, C and K, as well as Folate and Iron, this inconspicuous little herb is a lot mightier than most give it credit for.
From relaxing spasms and reducing inflammation to ridding the body of toxins and aiding in digestion, there’s a lot more going on in your garnish than you thought. Parsley is even packed with flavonoids, which function as antioxidants and help to prevent oxygen-based damage to the cells in your body. So, toss it into your favorite spice mix or sprinkle a pinch on your signature dish, one thing is for sure—we’ll never look at Parsley the same way again.
A natural diuretic, Parsley Flakes are very beneficial to the digestive process. Able to help relieve water retention and ease gas and bloating, they are believed to stimulate urine production in the kidneys, which helps to remove excess liquid from areas that often lead to indigestion or discomfort. Likewise, Parsley Flakes can ease many gastrointestinal disorders by increasing bile production—a key factor to proper digestion and nutrient absorption.
With antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties, Parsley Flakes can help ward off bacterial infections and certain autoimmune diseases. Especially beneficial to oral and skin health, there is research to suggest that they can ease inflammation from blemishes and prevent the formation of the fungus that causes bad bread and other bodily odors.
A rich source of several essential nutrients, Parsley Flakes are shown to have a lasting effect on bone health due to their content of phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and vitamins K and D. Together, these not only help to prevent breaks, fractures, and inflammation of the joints, they also play a pivotal role in maintaining overall bone density.
A good source of many other vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, and vitamins A and C, Parsley Flakes are a natural antioxidant capable of helping the body in a number of ways. They can minimize the degradation of blood vessels, help keep hormones in proper balance, prevent vision conditions that often lead to macular degeneration, and help ward off airborne illnesses and viral infections.
Currently, there is no recommended dosage for Parsley. Though incorporating it into a meal is both simple and colorful. From juices and smoothies to pesto, salsa and stuffing, it adds a subtle depth of flavor that can complement a variety of preparations.
These days, Parsley tends to get a bad rap. Some see it as nothing more than a garnish on the plate or a splash of color atop the true main attraction in the meal. But, there’s more to this little green herb than meets the eyes—especially as it relates to its history and folklore. While its exact history is relatively unknown, The Grecians believed it to be a symbol of the gods and often used it in various ceremonies and celebrations. Decades later, the Tudors would prescribe it as a cure for baldness, while the English maintained an oddly intricate fear of the plant for quite some time. Today, it’s a staple of many regional cuisines, including tabbouleh from the Middle East and marinades of the Mediterranean.
If stored correctly, our Parsley Flakes have a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.