Parsley honey is one of the simplest things to make. It tastes good and can be used as a substitute in many different recipes. The recipe originated during the hard times of World War 2, when people found it difficult to get honey. It appears in many cookbooks of that time. This way of making honey is cheap and is great to give away as a present.
Parsley (Petroselinum Crispum) has long been regarded as a medicinal herb, being used to treat diuretic and stomach ailments. This recipe is probably not that healthy though because the prolonged cooking depletes the parsley of its minerals and vitamins, not to mention the large amount of sugar added to it!!
I made this recipe as the parsley in our herb garden grew so much that I had surplus. Besides freezing lots, I had plenty more still to use.
Wash and roughly chop a large handful of parsley, including stalks. Place it in a pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil and boil for half an hour. Strain through a muslin square. To each pint of juice add 1lb of sugar and juice of 1 lemon. Bring back to boil and reduce heat. The sugar has to dissolve and the liquid becomes like a syrup. Pour into sterilised jars et voila.
This is delicious poured over a fruit salad or muesli and natural yoghurt for breakfast.