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Dried parsley

Dried parsley is a slightly peppery and bitter herb that is used as a cooking spice and garnish.
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Parsley goes with a wide range of dishes. As dried parsley, it can be used to season or garnish sauces, soups, and all types of hearty dishes. If you soak dried parsley for a few minutes in cold water, more flavor is released.

General information:

From Wikipedia: Parsley or garden parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a species of flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to the central Mediterranean region (southern Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia), naturalized elsewhere in Europe, and widely cultivated as a herb, a spice, and a vegetable. ...

Parsley is widely used in European, Middle Eastern, and American cooking. Curly leaf parsley is often used as a garnish. In central Europe, eastern Europe and southern Europe, as well as in western Asia, many dishes are served with fresh green chopped parsley sprinkled on top. Root parsley is very common in central, eastern and southern European cuisines, where it is used as a snack or a vegetable in many soups, stews, and casseroles.”

Nutritional information:

“Parsley is a source of flavonoid and antioxidants, especially luteolin, apigenin, folic acid, vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Half a tablespoon (a gram) of dried parsley contains about 6.0 µg of lycopene and 10.7 µg of alpha carotene as well as 82.9 µg of lutein+zeaxanthin and 80.7 µg of beta carotene.

Excessive consumption of parsley should be avoided by pregnant women. It is safe in normal food quantities, but large amounts may have uterotonic effects.”

Types of garlic:

“The two main groups of parsley used as herbs are curly leaf (P. crispum crispum group; syn. P. crispum var. crispum) and Italian, or flat leaf (P. crispum neapolitanum group; syn. P. crispum var. neapolitanum); of these, the neapolitanum group more closely resembles the natural wild species. Flat-leaved parsley is preferred by some gardeners as it is easier to cultivate, being more tolerant of both rain and sunshine, and is said to have a stronger flavor (though this is disputed), while curly leaf parsley is preferred by others because of its more decorative appearance in garnishing. A third type, sometimes grown in southern Italy, has thick leaf stems resembling celery.

“Another type of parsley is grown as a root vegetable, the Hamburg root parsley (P. crispum radicosum group, syn. P. crispum var. tuberosum). This type of parsley produces much thicker roots than types cultivated for their leaves. Although seldom used in Britain and the United States, root parsley is common in central and eastern European cuisine, where it is used in soups and stews, or simply eaten raw, as a snack (similar to carrots).

Although root parsley looks similar to the parsnip, which is among its closest relatives in the family Apiaceae, its taste is quite different.”

Culinary uses:

Parsley is a spice that is a common ingredient in sauces, soups, and pesto. Dried parsley tastes great on potatoes or in fresh salads.

Nutritional Information per 100g 2000 kCal
Energy 292 kcal14.6%
Fat/Lipids 5.5 g7.8%
Saturated Fats 1.4 g6.9%
Carbohydrates (inc.dietary fiber) 51 g18.8%
Sugars 7.3 g8.1%
Fiber 27 g106.8%
Protein (albumin) 27 g53.3%
Cooking Salt (Na:452.0 mg)1'148 mg47.8%
Recommended daily allowance according to the GDA.
Protein (albumin)
Cooking Salt

Essential Nutrients per 100g with %-share Daily Requirement at 2000 kCal
VitVitamin K 1'360 µg1'813.0%
MinManganese, Mn 9.8 mg491.0%
ProtTryptophan (Trp, W) 0.48 g192.0%
VitRiboflavin (vitamin B2) 2.4 mg170.0%
MinIron, Fe 22 mg157.0%
VitVitamin C (ascorbic acid) 125 mg156.0%
ElemCalcium, Ca 1'140 mg143.0%
ElemPotassium, K 2'683 mg134.0%
ProtThreonine (Thr, T) 1.2 g128.0%
ProtIsoleucine (Ile, I) 1.5 g125.0%

The majority of the nutritional information comes from the USDA (US Department of Agriculture). This means that the information for natural products is often incomplete or only given within broader categories, whereas in most cases products made from these have more complete information displayed.

If we take flaxseed, for example, the important essential amino acid ALA (omega-3) is only included in an overarching category whereas for flaxseed oil ALA is listed specifically. In time, we will be able to change this, but it will require a lot of work. An “i” appears behind ingredients that have been adjusted and an explanation appears when you hover over this symbol.

For Erb Muesli, the original calculations resulted in 48 % of the daily requirement of ALA — but with the correction, we see that the muesli actually covers >100 % of the necessary recommendation for the omega-3 fatty acid ALA. Our goal is to eventually be able to compare the nutritional value of our recipes with those that are used in conventional western lifestyles.

Essential fatty acids, (SC-PUFA) 2000 kCal
Alpha-Linolenic acid; ALA; 18:3 omega-3 1.9 g93.0%
Linoleic acid; LA; 18:2 omega-6 1.2 g12.0%

Essential amino acids 2000 kCal
Tryptophan (Trp, W) 0.48 g192.0%
Threonine (Thr, T) 1.2 g128.0%
Isoleucine (Ile, I) 1.5 g125.0%
Valine (Val, V) 2 g125.0%
Leucine (Leu, L) 2.8 g116.0%
Lysine (Lys, K) 2.1 g113.0%
Phenylalanine (Phe, F) 1.7 g110.0%
Methionine (Met, M) 0.6 g64.0%

Vitamins 2000 kCal
Vitamin K 1'360 µg1'813.0%
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 2.4 mg170.0%
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 125 mg156.0%
Folate, as the active form of folic acid (née vitamin B9 and B11) 180 µg90.0%
Vitamin E, as a-TEs 9 mg75.0%
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 0.9 mg64.0%
Niacin (née vitamin B3) 9.9 mg62.0%
Thiamine (vitamin B1) 0.2 mg18.0%
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) 1.1 mg18.0%
Vitamin A, as RAE 97 µg12.0%
Vitamin D 0 µg< 0.1%

Essential macroelements (macronutrients) 2000 kCal
Calcium, Ca 1'140 mg143.0%
Potassium, K 2'683 mg134.0%
Magnesium, Mg 400 mg107.0%
Phosphorus, P 436 mg62.0%
Sodium, Na 452 mg57.0%

Essential trace elements (micronutrients) 2000 kCal
Manganese, Mn 9.8 mg491.0%
Iron, Fe 22 mg157.0%
Copper, Cu 0.78 mg78.0%
Zinc, Zn 5.4 mg54.0%
Selenium, Se 14 µg26.0%