Renewing the Mind, Body, and Spirit through juicing

Oftentimes recipes will specify the use of flat-leaf or Italian parsley. Can you substitute curly leaves for flat, and vice versa? What’s the difference beyond appearance?

Used to perk up your juice with its fresh green flavor and color, parsley can be much more than a garnish. The two main cultivars of this herb are curly parsley with ruffled leaves and Italian parsley with flat leaves.

In general, flat-leaf parsley has a more robust flavor, while the curly variety is associated with decoration. Some claim that curly-leaf parsley has no flavor or, conversely, that it tastes more bitter, but it really depends on the particular plant, its growing conditions, and age. Both kinds of parsley may be used in juicing and when substituting one for the other, taste to determine the flavor and adjust as desired. Finally, don’t discard the stems, which have a stronger flavor than the leaves and can added to your juice.

Today’s Juice:

Handful Swiss Chard

1/2 cup Italian Parsley

2 Celery Stalks

1/2 Red Apple

1/2 Red Beet

1 Tomato

Juice from one Lemon

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Flax seeds

Water

Parsley

Cheers!

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