Harvesting Parsley Seeds: A Simple How To

Posted on Oct 17 2011 - 2:22am by Mike Lieberman

There is a parsley plant on my balcony garden that has been going to seed for a few weeks now. The seeds have finally developed.

They emerged in about 3-4 stages, which are difficult to explain, but the the picture about clearly shows what the seeds look like.

You just have to carefully pull them.

What is your favorite way to use parsley?

10 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. D. October 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm -

    Mike, I hate to the one to tell you this, but that’s not parsley.  It’s dill.

  2. Mike Lieberman October 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm -

    Nope. It’s parsley. Not dill. Have had the plant for over 2 years now.

  3. Jo34ma41 October 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm -

    I heard you can eat parsley root. Is this true?

  4. Mike Lieberman October 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm -

    Not sure. Never heard of that one before.

  5. Vicki Schoenwald October 18, 2011 at 12:00 am -

    I use different types of parsley.  I use Flat leat Italian for some of my tomato based sauces and Italian dishes.  I use Curly parsley in my potato soups and chowders.
    I dehydrate most of my herbs and a few of each herb, I let dry for the seeds for next’s years garden.
    A lot of my parsleys did not do good, from the hot, intense heat we had this summer. 

  6. Veronica October 18, 2011 at 2:47 am -

    Yeah, it looks like parsley to me too…. parsley, anise, dill, carrots, celery, and cilantro all have seeds that form like that because they are all related.

    Funny thing, my celery seeded–it got all stringy and tall with flowers and seeds, then fell over from it’s own weight. Then the rootball grew another celery plant, so I didn’t have to plant it again, just trim off the old plant. I wonder if it will do it again and I never have to replant it ever??

  7. Mike Lieberman October 18, 2011 at 4:39 am -

    Gotta love Mother Nature 😉

  8. mostlyjoyousjess June 27, 2012 at 11:46 am -

    Although it does bear some resemblance to dill’s flower and seed, it is in fact parsley. Since their foliage is drastically different in appearance, I am certain that Mike would’ve known whether or not he had dill or parsley. Additionally, had you taken the time to view the video posted above you would’ve seen the foliage in the background and it is clearly not dill. 

  9. ElectroPig Von FökkenGrüven August 11, 2012 at 2:05 am -

     I’ve got dill and parsley right now, as well as carrots.  All essentially from the same family, so when they go to see, they all look quite similar, so I understand the confusion.

    Have a coffee jar full of dill seed in the freezer, this year the parsley is bolting (second year growth), and next year, I’m leaving half of the carrots so that they do their second-year seed production as well.

    Just trying to find good reference images so that I know when it’s the right time to harvest the parsley seed at the moment.  Found a few, but all fairly out of focus, or too far away for good detail.

  10. M.A. October 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm -


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