Chervil

Anthriscus cerefolium

Garden Chervil, Hedge Parsley, Common Chervil, Curled Chervil, French Chervil

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Chervil is a fern-like herb, similar to parsley. Considered a gourmet herb, it has a sweeter, more delicate flavour particularly important in French cuisine with herbs like parsley, chives and tarragon. It is ideal for moist, cooler, shaded areas in herb gardens for it will bolt when too hot.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Leaves are ready to be harvested within 6 to 8 weeks of sowing, before flowering. Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed and allow seedheads to dry on plants.

Propagation

Seed

Sowing time best in spring in cool climates or in Autumn in warmer areas. Germination time is 2-3 weeks. The seedlings do not transplant well and should be seeded directly in place.

Special features

Attracts bees

Crop rotation

Light Feeder

Repels harmful insects

Planted close to lettuce it will protect them from ants.

Special features

Origin

Europe, Eurasia

Natural climate

Cool to temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand, Compost

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

It is a mild stimulant that helps digestion and is known to lower high blood pressure.

Edible

The leaves have a subtle anise flavour and are used chopped or diced in soups, stews, sauces, meats, vegetables, and salads. The roots and flowers are also edible and high in calcium.

Personality

Family

Apiaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Carrot motley dwarf disease, leaves get an abnormal colour, and causes a reduced root system. Treat with insecticide.

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