While studying the best foods to store, I realized that we’d be short on vitamin C if we ate strictly the “usual” food storage.
The early sailors’ diets lacked fresh fruits and vegetables which caused the onset of scurvy. Vitamin C doesn’t store in our body; we need a new supply. Keeping vitamin C tablets on hand is an option, but I also like the idea of a fresh source. I learned:
“Parsley is a course in vitamin therapy all by itself, containing vitamin A, more vitamin C per volume than an orange, several B vitamins, calcium, and iron.”(source: Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Herbs)
Parsley is more than just a pretty garnish! Parsley is easy to grow, is hardy, and comes back year after year, if undisturbed. It could be grown in a window sill, too.
I grow parsley on my property and dry it each year. I like to add it to soups and sauces. It is comforting to know that I have a way to naturally provide vitamin C for my family.
(Caution: Parsley in too large of quantities can be toxic….I can’t see anyone actually eating enough of it to make them sick, but thought I better pass that information on 🙂 )
I also enjoyed reading about parsley’s benefits at whfoods.com: PARSLEY
(The pictures in this post came from pixabay.com)