Mediterranean Diet 101

How to Grow Garden Chervil - Anthriscus Cerefolium

garden chervil 1Garden Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefolium) is annual plant that grows some 50 - 70 cm in height. It is also known as French parsley or gourmet's parsley.

It is grown mostly for its leaves that resemble parsley leaves.

Cultivation: It is sown from March to August. It prefers moist and colder locations, otherwise it can quickly go to seed (to bolt). It germinates and starts to grow after 1-2 weeks - be sure not to sow seeds too deep, since a thin layer of soil (just a few millimeters) is usually more than enough.

Therefore, re-seeding is important for leaf production - it is good to know that regular leaf harvesting can somewhat postpone bolting.

When sown (every 2-3 weeks), it should be done on permanent location, since it is not the best plant of transplanting due to long taproot (large, central root).

Note: Garden Chervil is very similar to Hemlock, which is very poisonous - be sure to use only certified seeds.

Culinary use: Together with Tarragon, Chives and Parsley, Garden Chervil is one of the French 'Fines Herbes' - group of herbs that are added at the last minute to various salads, dips, soups, omelets, baked meat, baked fish, fish stews and similar.

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