Often used as a garnish, parsley is a refreshing, vibrant herb that is a distant cousin to celery. The two main types of parsley are curly leaf and flat (Italian) leaf. Most often, the curly leaf variety is used decoratively as a garnish, while flat leaf parsley is used in dishes for its slightly stronger flavor.

While most people think of parsley simply as a garnish, it is also a highly nutritious herb, containing ample amounts of folic acid, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and other antioxidants. Eaten between courses or after a meal, parsley’s clean, light flavor provides the perfect palate cleanser.