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Par Cel

by Karen/NoCA » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:51 pm

Does anyone grow it or use it? I've never seen it in stores, but happened to see an old post of Jenise's where she used it in a dish. I had never heard of it. Actually a wild celery with a parsley like growth. I'd like to try growing it but it may be too hot or too cold here, and if it bolts like cilantro does, it is not an option.
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Re: Par Cel

by Christina Georgina » Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:49 am

Karen, never heard it referred to by that name but I have grown leaf celery which I believe is the same thing and it is delicious and very versatile and not at all like cilantro. If you can grow parsley, you can grow this. It does not bolt in hot weather. A definite celery-like taste but not identical in a parsley body. I was introduced to this by a Ukranian friend who uses it all the time in her cooking. She gave me some plants and have not looked for any seed.
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Re: Par Cel

by Jenise » Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:35 am

I can't grow cilantro (it bolts), but last year's par-sel survived the winter as a three foot tall, thick, wide bush of delicious parsley-celery top flavor that I love and use all the time. I have parsley, too, but the par-sel is my favorite for flavor, and its effusive production puts to shame every other herb in my garden (about 5:1 vs. parsley). If you like parsley and also love celery greens, this is your herb. Don't bother if neither appeals.
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Re: Par Cel

by Karen/NoCA » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:20 am

Thanks, I will look for it. Parsley and celery/leaves are wonderful and I use lots of both.

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