By Ellen Probert Williamson
Parsley is a small green plant native to Southern Europe. There are more than 30 varieties of it.
We usually think of it as merely a garnish for other foods, but there is much more to it than you might think.
The parsley family is a large one. It includes many herbs, some spices and common vegetables, such as carrots and celery.
Some of its relatives are anise, dill, angelica, chervil, coriander and caraway, cumin, fennel, lovage, and sweet cicely.