Thursday, May 1, 2008
Parsley in Ancient Greece
Long before parsley was thought of as a garnish in ancient Greece, its greenery was faithfully used in funeral ceremonies.
Associated with oblivion and death, parsley was used to fashion wreaths for graves.
However, ancient Greeks also believed that Hercules had chosen parsley for his garlands, so parsley sweetened the wreaths of the winning athletes.
Last but not least, athletic horses were fed the parsley greens – for stamina to win the races.