Friday, October 17, 2008

Wild parsley (Petroselinum neapolitanum)

Flat leaf parsley has escaped from gardens and is growing wild all around the place - in Wellington anyway.

A couple of notable patches are at Island Bay park, and near the bottom of the drive up to the Brooklyn wind turbine.

Although you don't find them in local shops (well, I've never seen them anyway) - parsley roots are edible too. If you find a big patch of wild parsley it's a good opportunity to dig a few up and try them.

Wild parsley links:
Google Images
Plants for a Future database
(it only has an entry for curly leaf parsley, but I'm assuming many of the properties are similar.)

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