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the tyranny of flat-leaf parsley

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by nizebaby, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Round here in normandy I grow my own curly and it's the parsley of choice in the shops. Why is it so hard to come by in central london?The flat stuff is fine on a greek salad but, honestly, have you ever tried making parsley sauce wth it? Yuck.
  2. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    They are different I agree.
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  3. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Someone once told me all the fishmongers buy the curly stuff for their displays. Mind you there's so few fishmongers that seems a bit unlikely. It's the same in our corner shops, all f/l. But supermarkets always seem to stock both.
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  4. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    I like them both for different purposes. Curly is essential for parsley sauce I agree, but I find flat leaf far more versatile and is the one I use most. I guess I don't make that much parsley sauce!

    I can get both fairly readily but agree that flat leaf is a lot more prevalent in shops. I guess food trends (increased interest in Mediterranean foods and Middle Eastern foods) and its versatility has helped this.

    A farm shop should be a good bet for the curly stuff.
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  5. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Both are freely available in shops here, and at Belle Towers where I grow both varieties.
    Each has its own culinery uses.
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  6. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Funnily enough, a flat-leaf parsley is growing on my patch, a gift from the wind and my neighbour's garden!
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