Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Most Overrated Herb?

It has to be parsley.

Through the years, I have prepared and tasted numerous dishes whose recipes call for "fresh parsley." I agree that in most cases, fresh herbs beat dried herbs. But, frankly, I have never understood all of the fuss some people make over parsley, dried or fresh.

It does not impress my tastebuds.

Yeah, I know, I can almost guess what many of you are thinking: "You just haven't tried (fill-in-the-blank dish) prepared with fresh parsley." I have tried a number of dishes with fresh parsley, and I think it is the most superfluous herb that has ever wormed its way into a cookbook.

If parsley were such a fragrant and taste-enhancing herb, why would so many chain restaurants that serve bland food be willing to toss a sprig of it on the side of every entree they prepare?

According to the website

The delicious and vibrant taste and wonderful healing properties of parsley are often ignored in its popular role as a table garnish.
Like I said.

1 comment:

Kaleidoscope Gal said...

Couldn't agree with you more ... I swear by rosemary and thyme.