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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.
Where it grows as a biennial, in the first year, it forms a rosette of tripinnate leaves 10–25 cm (3.9–9.8 in) long with numerous 1–3 cm (0.4–1.2 in) leaflets, and a taproot used as a food store over the winter.
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.
I boiled the poaching liquid down by maybe half, with the addition of the rest of the lemon juice and some more shallots (and parsley -- I'm a big believer in parsley), and some pepper, and poured it over the roe, which I had laid on salad plates against some bagged mesculun.
As for the fresh herbs, parsley is standard, the others are optional.
I stir in parsley shortly before the crab comes out of the oven to give the parsley a little crunch and mute its herby flavor.
I believe parsley is perejil, celery is apio and acelgas is swiss chard.
It derives its name from the Greek word meaning “rock celery” (parsley is a relative to celery).
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