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Giant of Italy is an excellent, large Italian Parsley variety with that classic aromatic, mildly pungent yet sweet parsley flavour.
Great as a garnish, salad herb, or just eating fresh straight from the garden. This variety is one of the best for cooking and retains its flavour and shape better than curly-leafed varieties, in fact it can even be used in larger quantities as a green vegetable in dishes (I like to add it to curries). This variety is also good for drying and crushing into parsley flakes. The seeds can also be collected and used as a spice. Parsley is a rich source of folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and iron.
In areas that don't get too cold during Winter parsley can be left in the ground and grown as a biennial, it'll die back during Winter but will re-shoot from its underground root system in Spring. Leaves collected from second-year plants will be more bitter than those from first-year plants and will die after flowering. Sometimes plants will bloom and produce seed in their first year, especially in warmer climates. Will self-sow year after year if conditions are right. Parsley is a heavy feeder and prefers a rich soil full of compost or well-rotted manure. If you live in a hot climate parsley will benefit from being planted in a spot that is shaded part of the day, ideally from the hot midday or afternoon sun.