Wonderfully nutritious parsley is a popular culinary as well as medicinal herb, which is recognized as one of the functional food for its unique anti-oxidants and disease preventing properties. This biennial herb is native to the Mediterranean region; and belongs to the family of apiaceae of the genus; Petroselinum, and is known botanically as Petroselinum crispum.

The herb is a small plant with dark green leaves that resemble coriander leaves, in flat leaf variety, however, has a milder flavor than coriander. It is particularly widely used in Mediterranean, East European, and American cuisine.