Parsley Power

I enjoy adding fresh parsley to my dishes, this is what remains from my little fresh parsley.

I enjoy adding fresh parsley to my dishes, this is what remains from my little fresh parsley.

Parsley Power

Whenever I can, I include fresh parsley in my herb garden, among my potted plants and in my hanging baskets inside.

Parsley may be considered a nuisance, or purely decorative, by some but it's actually full of antioxidants, nutrients and is practical, it is a natural breath freshener. Have you ever munched on a sprig?

The two most popular types of parsley are curly parsley and Italian flat leaf parsley. The Italian variety has a more fragrant and less bitter taste than the curly variety. 

Parsley is referred to as the most popular herb in the world. 

Parsley is native to the Mediterranean region of Southern Europe. While it has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years, parsley was used medicinally prior to being consumed as a food.

Ancient Greeks held parsley to be sacred, using it to not only adorn victors of athletic contests, but also for decorating the tombs of the deceased.

The practice of using parsley as a garnish actually has a long history that can be traced back to ancient Romans.

If I have to pick only one herb to have, I start with parsley. Who honestly would only have one fresh herb??

Charlotte

 

Orange Strawberry Heirloom Tomatoes

Orange strawberry heirloom tomatoes from Meusch Farms, Rolla Farmer's Market.

Orange strawberry heirloom tomatoes from Meusch Farms, Rolla Farmer's Market.

Orange Strawberry Heirloom Tomatoes

I found these at our local farmer's market, heirloom tomatoes that are orange when ripe shaped like strawberries.

Our family likes - well, anything strawberry so finding a favorite vegetable with a strawberry hint was bound to end up in my shopping bag.

This tomato reminded me of some of the less common recipe ingredients one sometimes finds in old recipe books. 

Eric Meusch, Meusch Farms, said this was an heirloom variety from Baker Seeds. He grew them because they have a lot less seeds and an interesting flavor, which they do. Eating one is more like eating a peach than a tomato.

I was going to use these in salads but they never made it to the bowl, so much easier to eat them like an apple.

Have you tried an orange strawberry heirloom tomato?

Charlotte