Parsley has a fresh delicate flavour and is packed with Vitamins A, C and K, iron and folate. Vitamin A is crucial for growth and development and important to keep the immune system and cells healthy. Vitamin C helps to heal wounds, keep the immune system healthy, and is needed for normal growth and development and for helping the body to absorb iron (rather perfect as parsley is packed with iron too!). Vitamin K helps bones to stay strong and blood to clot so that wounds can heal quickly. Iron is essential for transporting oxygen around the body and folate works together with Vitamin B12 to help make red blood cells and makes sure our nervous system is working as it should be.
When to give to your baby
Parsley makes a good choice for one of your baby’s first herbs. We recommend to start introducing herbs and spices from around 7 months once first tastes have been accepted, however every baby is different so follow your instinct or consult your health visitor if you're not sure. Herbs can liven up baby food and using them is a wonderful way to expand your baby’s taste buds by offering interesting flavours from early on in their journey.
Products with parsley
How to cook with parsley
The perfect parsley
We always use organic parsley, which means that it hasn't been sprayed or treated with any nasties. When buying fresh herbs, make sure that they look fresh and have not started to wilt. They should have a fresh smell and not have rotten bits. To help keep them fresh for longer, wrap in a damp piece of kitchen paper and store in an airtight container; they should last for several days stored like this.
Best way to cook it for your baby
Try adding fresh parsley to vegetables just before you blend them to maximise the flavour, blend to the required consistency, depending what stage of the journey you are at.
What goes well with parsley
Swede, parsnip, courgette, quinoa, brown rice, onion, fennel.