Continental, flat leaf or Italian Parsley is the same species as Curly or Aussie Parsley – Continental Parsley has a more robust flavour and the leaves are larger and flatter. The Continental Parsley is most popular in Southern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
In Italian cookery continental parsley is the most popular and frequently-used herb. It’s a wonderful complement to a wide range of dishes and pasta sauces – especially seafood and vegetable sauces. The only sauces in which parsley is typically not used are cream-based ones.
Parsley enhances taste and texture of just about all seafood preparations. It’s also frequently used in vegetable side dishes such as, zucchini, peppers and eggplant – and in salads and soups.