The 2 main types are curly parsley and continental parsley also known as Italian or flat leaf parsley. Flat leaf parsley has dark green flat leaves with distinct cut edges. Curly leaf parsley is a crinkly leaf variety which was popular because of its suitability for garnishing. It can still be found adorning meat in butchers shops. Choose fresh looking bunches. Avoid yellowing leaves. Store in plastic bag or in the crisper section of the refrigerator. Available all year round.