Parsley is often used as a garnish rather than a cooking ingredient. Flat leaf parsley is often used with fish, both as a white sauce or as a topping with breadcrumbs. Curly parsley has a more decorative appearance and is most often used as a garnish. To prepare wash before use. Finely chop flat leaf parsley before adding to dishes. Curly leaf parsley can be cut or used whole.
Plants of the Parsley or Carrot Family are known as the Umbel Family: (Umbelliferae). The Parsley Family includes some wonderful edible plants like the carrot and parsnip, plus more aromatic spices found in your spice cabinet, such as anise, celery, chervil, coriander, caraway, cumin, dill, fennel and of course, parsley.
A typical 100g portion of parsley contains 36 calories, 0.8g fat, 3g protein and 6.3g carbohydrate.