Nutritional Value of Fresh Parsley
Answered by: Yvonne Tremblay
Question from: Debbie
Posted on: May 27, 2007

Recently, I have been craving raw Italian flat leaf parsley. I will take a few sprigs and eat it raw. What does parsley have in it and is it okay to eat it raw?

Sure you can eat it "raw" or "fresh" as is true of all herbs. Parsley has the same nutrients as other dark leafy green, therefore it is high in Vitamins A (beta carotene), K and C and folate as well as minerals (bit of iron and calcium). Generally we do not eat as large an amount of herbs as we do other green vegetables but it does contribute to the overall intake. In recipes such as Tabbouleh Salad (bulgur, onions, tomatoes, mint, etc.) a lot more is used. You can pretty much add parsley to any soup, stew, sauce, salad, pesto, potatoes, etc. The green colour livens up many dishes with its perky green. Fresh herbs are usually added at the end of cooked dishes so their colour and flavours remains true. Here is an informative link.

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=100



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