An essential ingredient in the French and Middle Eastern Cuisines
Italian Giant parsley is also called flat parsley, it is a biennial aromatic plant and is the most fragrant and largest of all the common parsleys. It was known to Ancient Greece and the Romans and had an essential place among medicinal plants until the Middle Ages. Its name "Petroselinum", in latin, means Rock parsley. Therefore parsley likes stony soil. It grows spontaneously in many Mediterranean country and is cold hardy in Ireland if planted in a sunny spot. We have had it for years in our gardens. It is very frequently used in the Mediterranean cuisines.
Scientific Name: Petroselinum crispum
Plant Life Cycle: biennal
Optimal Germination Temperature: 10-28C
Germination time in days: 7-14 days
Indicative Days to maturity: 30-50 days
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil requirement: Well drained, stony, aerated, fertile soil
Sowing and cultivation: Sow seeds directly outdoors from late April to mid-summer. Sow a few seeds over the top of regular compost, water gently, keep moist.