Flat or curly green leaves grow in clumps. Flat-leafed types grow 2 to 3 feet tall, curly types to 1 foot. Biennial often grown as an annual. All zones.
BEST CULINARY VARIETIES: 'Giant Italian' is best for cooking; the curly type ('Extra Curled' or 'Green River') is good as a garnish.
GROWING TIP: Start new plants each year. In mild-winter climates, plant in fall or early spring (provide partial shade in hot climates); in cold climates, plant in spring after last frost.
HARVEST TIP: Pick outside leaves so the center of the plant continues to develop new ones.
USES: Bouquets garnis, cheese sauces, pestos, soups, stews, stuffings, vegetables, and as a garnish.