Curly parsley is a crinkly or "curly" looking version of the garden herb with a strong herb flavor, similar to celery. Parsley is one of the most common culinary herbs. There are many types of parsley but the most aromatic for cooking purposes is the Italian, flat leaf type. Curly parsley is more suited for use as a garnish. Also related is Chinese parsley (cilantro) but it has an entirely different flavor. Parsley is best used fresh but it is also available dried. The dried version lacks flavor and texture.
Curly parsley is a common grocery store item. It is also easy to grow in your herb garden.
If you don't have curly parsley you can substitute:
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