When the leaf stems have three segments, parsley is ready to be harvested. Cut leaves from the outer portions of the plant whenever you need them. Leave the inner portions of the plant to mature. One method of storing the parsley fresh is to put the leaf stalks in water and keep them in the refrigerator. Another method of storage is drying the parsley. Cut the parsley at the base and hang it in a well-ventilated, shady, and warm place. Once it’s completely dry, crumble it up and store it in an airtight container. If you want fresh parsley throughout the winter, replant a parsley plant in a pot and keep it in a sunny window.
Recommended Varieties Flat-leaf varieties: Use in cooking because they have better flavor and are easier to work with than curly-leaf parsley Curly-leaf varieties: Use when you want a fancier garnish