That Devilish Parsley

Oh, parsley. Why must you come with so much baggage? This seemingly innocuous herb is the subject of many a folklore warning of its dark and evil ways. The ancient Greeks associated parsley with death, as the herb was spread over graves and used to make funeral wreaths. This gave rise to the phrase “He has need now of nothing but a little parsley,” referring to a person that had just died or was about to die. After death, their corpses were then garnished with parsley to help deodorize the stench. In Greek mythology, it was believed that the first parsley grew from the blood of Archemorus, son of Death, when he was devoured by serpents. Grieving over their loss, the Greeks founded the Nemean Games in his honor and presented the victors with crowns … Continue reading That Devilish Parsley