If there is a garnish on your plate, it most likely is Parsley. Originating in Southern Europe as a symbol of joy and festivity, it is the most commonly used variety of garnish in the world. This is a shame, because the culinary attributes of Parsley have long been under-utilized. Curly or flat, the leaves present a zingy freshness adding life to almost any cuisine. The mature roots also make a delicious and unique accompaniment to a roast when baked like parsnips. Parsley is a good companion plant for carrots, tomatoes, asparagus and roses.