A long-time mainstay in European and Middle Eastern cuisine, parsley is now used around the world as a subtle, herbaceous addition to a wide range of cuisines. The ancient Romans and ancient Greeks both used parsley in death ceremonies as a way to mask the scent. Today, parsley is best known as a versatile, fresh addition to sauces, salads, and any dish that could use a pop of color and a touch of herbal flavor. Available in both fresh and dried form, parsley has a bright, herbaceous and slightly bitter taste that serves as a contrast to emphasize the other flavors in a dish, similar to lemon zest. Primarily known as a garnish, parsley adds an attractive pop of green color and vegetal flavor, making it the perfect final touch in the cooking process.