Italian parsley is much milder in both taste and smell. Italian parsley is the variety most often used in Mediterranean cooking because of its bright, herbaceous flavor.

Remember that Italian parsley has poky leaves, like on a maple tree, whereas cilantro has rounded leaves, like clover. The two main cultivars of this herb are curly parsley ( Petroselinum crispum) with ruffled leaves and Italian parsley ( Petroselinum crispum neapolitanum) with flat leaves. More findings... On the RHS site selling seeds http://www.rhsplants.co.uk/plants/_/seeds/herb-seed/plcid.294/plcid.338/start.2/ they offer these: - parsley 'Extra Triple Curled' / curled parsley. The simple fact is that lots of folk (perhaps the majority) in the UK call flat leaved parsley 'French parsley'. Many cooks regard it as a seasoning herb similar to basil or oregano. The curly stuff takes too much chewing. The result is that these days, the name that is used for this variety of parsley — flat leaf or Italian — is dependent on where it is sold or the … Curly parsley is exactly what the name says, it’s curly. A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush. This included Italian parsley, which had a different appearance and taste when compared to the curly leaf parsley that garnished French plates. The rest call it 'Italian parsley' and the 'other rest' just call it 'flat leaved parsley'! I always grow flat-leaf, I think the flavour is better and it's easier to deal with. • Categorized under Food,Health | Difference Between Cilantro And Italian Parsley Cilantro and Italian Parsley are the two herbs used as ingredients in a wide range of cuisines. Some claim that curly-leaf parsley has no flavor or, conversely, that it tastes more bitter, but it really depends on the … The one you like, that grows well in your garden. Set appearance aside and these two still differ. The same common name can apply to 2 different species and the same species can have quite a few different common names.

What is sometimes called "French parsley" is in fact a different species, Anthriscus cerefolium aka "common chervil". 0. alicef Posts: 2.

So how about we start treating it like what it is: an herb. It's one of few herbs you can find fresh at any time of year in most supermarkets. If yes then why the different names? - Petroselinum crispum var. I know that curled parsley is different from the flat but is Italian flat leaf parsley exactly the same as French flat leaf parsley? I had been avoiding sowing my Italian parsley seed in favour of the packet labelled French as somewhere I had read somewhere a chef who stated that French had a better flavour and was less tough than Italian! A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush. Yes, same stuff. The extra advantage of using the scientific name is that it's international. Of course, asking for a bunch of Petroselinum crispum at the greengrocer's market stall, that would be pedantic ... and ridiculous. These two herbs look very similar and are easily confused with each other. Only relatively recently has the name flat leaf parsley become widely used to differentiate this variety from the curly leaf variety. In a pinch, either is fine, but note the differences between them. Flat leaf parsley’s leaves are straight like the cilantro leaves while the leaves of curly parsley have a ruffled appearance. Flat leaf is always preferable I think - does that make me a snob? In general, flat-leaf parsley has a more robust flavor, while the curly variety is associated with decoration. Parsley's got personality—namely, a clean bright flavor and a lettuce-like crunch. - Petroselinum crispum with ruffled leaves aka "curly parsley". Why two names? In my opinion curly parsley has a stronger, more robust flavor. It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word.... “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.”, http://www.rhsplants.co.uk/plants/_/seeds/herb-seed/plcid.294/plcid.338/start.2/. The fragrance and flavor are where these fresh herbs differ greatly. Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. I find the 'toughness' of parsley depends hugely on how it's grown - grown quickly and harvested while young, it's lovely and tender - grown more slowly and harvested when it's older and darker green and it's slightly tougher - but as I'm usually using it chopped, or as an aromatic in a stock, the difference is negligible.

The simple fact is that lots of folk (perhaps the majority) in the UK call flat leaved parsley 'French parsley'. The rest call it 'Italian parsley' and the 'other rest' just call it 'flat leaved parsley'! As usual with plants, the only valid reference is the scientific (Latin) name. There are two types: flat leaf (also called Italian parsley) and curly leaf. So using scientific names for plants on a gardening site does not mean being pedantic (as I've sometimes been reproached with), on the contrary, it makes things more clear.

Difference Between Italian/Flat Leaf Parsley and Curly Parsley It’s much easier to distinguish curly and flat leaf parsley than flat leaf and cilantro.

Most people in southern Europe, northern Africa, Asia, South America and Central America add Cilantro for garnishing and flavouring the food, while other parts of the world love their dishes with Italian Parsley. neapolitanum with flat leaves aka "flat-leaved parsley" / "Italian parsley". They are both flat-leafed and dark green, but Italian parsley has darker, shinier leaves compared to cilantro (also known as coriander).

There is no such thing as "French flat leaf parsley". I get enough exercise anyway without chewing that curly parsley,  Pete!

But chervil also exists in a 'curled' variety. Surely it is all a matter of personal taste. For the same reason I have 3 - Robert, Rob and Bob;  It depends on who is doing the talking! Now, which is better ? Log in or register to join the conversation. i once heard a very knowledgable wine buff say the best wine is the one you like, let us not be snobbish. Now I shall sow the Italian with abandon knowing that they are the same!

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