If you want to know the non-destructive way to harvest parsley then you are in the right place. Here I have explained how you can harvest parsley in steps. Besides, I will share the tips to get the best productions and method to collect seeds for plantation.
You can cut parsley as like cutting other herbs. Usually, these herbs are ready to harvest after 70 to 90 days of planting. But, you should not harvest it, if the plants have the flower. At that time, it will taste bitter.
Parsley is generally used by garnishing it into dishes to add flavor, color, and nutritious value. It belongs to the same family as that of carrots. Besides, this is a type of herb that can survive in all sorts of conditions.
Now let's began with the methods of harvesting...
So, it can be grown several times every year. Start harvesting the parsley when it is about six inches tall. It can be grown in any soil where the sunlight is available for 6-8 hours. You can start picking parsley when they between 70-90 days old.
But, when you are growing for self-use, you can cut them any time in their growing season.
Most of the time, people choose the younger plants to harvest as they have the most robust flavor. The leaves of these plants can be collected even after the first year. And this will give the best yield and product.
Now we are going to look out at some of the ways you can harvest parsley.
If the parsley is kept outdoors and is not kept safe from external weather conditions, it will wear off during the winter. Harvest the plant before this occurs so that the plant has the chance to grow back before the spring season arrives.
One of the methods is - trim the leaves and to keep them in ice cube trays.
Then fill the trays with water and freeze them in the usual manner. The let the ice cubes have formed.
Now, how to use them?
Bring them out from the freezer and leave them in the open to melt and remove the water.
And then add it to the dish you are preparing. However, the chilled parsley will have its original taste. Tt will miss the flimsiness you could have using the fresh.
You can also use the parsley for a long time by drying up the leaves in a food dehydrator or any other means possible.
Now we will discuss some of the ways that you can use to harvest the parsley seeds
Cut below the seed heads to clip off the seeds. Use the thumb and the index finger to pinch the part of the stem below the sed head and then finally cut it off.
Shake off the seed heads gently in a paper bag to remove the mature seeds easily. You can also separate the mature seeds by shaking them slightly over a tightly woven patch of plastic sheet.
But, Do not shake the seeds while trimming off the stem. To prevent the seeds from spreading all over the place.
If a certain number of seeds from the entire lot ripen off earlier than the other, you can harvest them individually by stomping them with your index finger and thumb.
The parsley plants do often ripen off at an irregular pace.
Do not pull off the seed too harshly as that can cause the stem to recoil. If there are too many mature seeds they will eventually break off with the force of the recoil and will scatter all over.
Therefore, the best way to collect the seeds is to collect them independently if many of the seeds are not yet ready to reap.
It is essential to dry the seeds for almost two weeks before stocking them and using them later. If you want to dry the seeds, then spread them on a baking sheet and then put them in a spot that is not cold and damp. Place the dried seeds in an airtight plastic bag until they are ready to plant. These dried seeds could be used for the next spring season.
Parsley is relatively easy to harvest. Follow the guidelines provided in this article, and you are ready to have your first parsley harvest done correctly. Happy Harvesting!!!