Parsley is the dried aromatic leaf of a biennial herb with dense foliage and white flowers. The bright green leaves are finely divided and curled. Leaves and seeds are used as a herb and spice. The aroma of the herb is characteristic, fragrant and spicy due to volatile oil present. There are two main groups of parsley used as a herb; flat parsley and curly parsley. Flat parsley has a stronger flavour and is basically used in dried herb mixes or as a single ingredient in soups and meat whereas curly parsley is mainly used as decorative garnishing of several food dishes.
Parsley is cultivated in many parts of the world with a mild climate. Major producing countries are France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, India and Egypt.
Parsley is available in whole, broken and ground.