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I have a recipe that calls for 2 cups of "parsley greens". Is this referring to chopped parsley?

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In most contexts, I would assume that simply means the leaves from the herb parsley.

Depending on where your recipe originates—especially central Europe, or some Asian cultures—parsley root may also be used, so the recipe might be trying to make that clear.

I suspect, however, it really is the recipe author's idiosyncratic style.

Now, as to chopping them, that would depend on how it is used and what the rest of the recipe says.

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Strictly speaking, parsley isn't an herb... – Marti May 1 '13 at 18:55
How is it not an herb?… – SAJ14SAJ May 1 '13 at 19:09
It's more a vegetable, or a salad green. I suspect in north America it's just a herb or garnish – TFD May 1 '13 at 20:46
In my lexicon, an herb is something where you only ever use the greens, whereas in my household at least, parsley is as important for the root as it is for the leaves. – Marti May 1 '13 at 21:40
Its a non-woody green leafy plant. That's an herb :-) Parts of it may be used as a spice or a vegetable or dried and used to thatch a hut :-) – SAJ14SAJ May 1 '13 at 22:30

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