Flat Leaf or Italian Variety
Parsley is a fresh-flavored herb with a slightly peppery taste. It is commonly used as a flavoring or garnish. There are a number of varieties of this herb, but the most common varieties are curly-leaf and the more strongly flavored Italian or flat-leaf parsley. Both varieties can be found in supermarkets year round and are sold in bunches. Fresh parsley should have bright green leaves with no signs of “yellowing” or wilting. Fresh parsley can be stored for about one week in the refrigerator after washing, wrapping in paper towels and storing in a plastic bag. Dried parsley is also available in the spice section of the supermarket, but does not resemble freshly chopped parsley in appearance or flavor.