Scientific Name: Petroselinum crispum

Bahasa Indonesia: Peterseli


Basic Information: Parsley or garden parsley is a species of flowering plant in the family Apiaceae that is native to the central Mediterranean region, but has naturalized elsewhere in Europe, and is widely cultivated as a herb, a spice, and a vegetable. Where it grows as a biennial, in the first year, it forms a rosette of tripinnate leaves, 10–25 cm (3.9–9.8 in) long, with numerous 1–3 cm (0.4–1.2 in) leaflets and a taproot used as a food store over the winter. In the second year, it grows a flowering stem with sparser leaves and umbels with yellow to yellowish-green flowers.

Health Benefits:

  1. Rich Source of Antioxidants – Parsley contains several flavonoid antioxidants including luteolin, apigenin, lycopene, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene.
  2. Lower Your Cancer Risk – Eating parsley can decrease the danger of cancers like skin, alimentary canal, breast and prostate cancer. Parsley has high amounts of the flavonoid known as apigenin.
  3. Enhance Your Immune System – Parsley essential oil has been proven to suppress an overstimulated immune response, which makes it a crucial player in the fight against allergies, auto-immune and persistent inflammatory disorders.
  4. Conquer Inflammation – Parsley helps you to lessen the swelling and pain related to arthritis.
  5. Nutrient Content – Parsley also comprises the flavonoid anti-oxidants apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin. Folate in parsley encourages heart health by reducing amounts of proinflammatory homocysteine.
  6. Fight Illness – Parsley offers protection from an extensive selection of disorders – from diabetes, atherosclerosis and colon cancer to asthma and more!
  7. Protect Your Blood Vessels – Parsley is a great generator of just one of the very significant B vitamins: folic acid. 
  8. Detoxification – Few herbs are as cleansing as parsley, which is packed with vitamins and potent flavonoids. It can detox the body from heavy metals as well as other toxins.

Fun Facts:

  • The word Parsley comes from the Greek Petros being stone as it was often found growing amongst rocks
  • Ancient Greeks believed that Parsley sprung from the blood of the hero Archimedes after he slayed a dragon
  • Parsley is thought to have originated in Sardinia