Parsley greens are the green tops of parsnips. Like all root vegetables, the greens, which are typically thrown away, are the most nutritious part of the plant. People tend to eat the roots of vegetables because they have a higher sugar content and are less bitter than the greens. Nutrient content of the leafy tops is much higher than in the roots.

At one time, parsley was included with meals because it aids in digestion, freshens breath, and cleans the palate. Over time, this knowledge was forgotten and parsley is now thought of as a throw-away garnish.

See also Leafy Greens.

Serving size: 100 g (1-2/3 cups)

Health Benefits

Body Odor Fights odor by eliminating internal toxins.


Calcium 138 mg 12%
Fiber 3.3 g 13%
Iron 6.2 g 41%
Potassium 554 mg 16%
Vitamin A 8425 IU 169% Especially high in beta carotene.
Vitamin B3/Niacin 1.3 mg 7%
Vitamin B9/Folate 152 mcg 76%
Vitamin K 1640 mcg 2050%
Zinc 1.1 mg 7%