Chervil is occasionally cultivated as a salad plant.
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Description for Anthriscus cerefolium
Anthriscus or chervil is a common plant genus of the family Apiaceae, growing in Europe and temperate parts of Asia. Anthriscus species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the mouse moth.
Planting and care
Prefers a well-drained moisture retentive soil.
Plants dislike hot dry summers, it is best to give summer crops a cool shady position but winter crops require a sunny position.
Tolerates a pH in the range 5.8 to 7.6.
Plants are hardy to about -10Â°c.
Caring for Anthriscus cerefolium
- Pruning-Cut back after flowering
- Pests-Susceptible to caterpillars, slugs and snails
- Diseases-Generally disease free.
Typical uses of Anthriscus cerefolium
Special features: The flowers are used as a seasoning.
Culinary use: Edible leaves - raw in salads or used as a flavouring in cooked foods such as soups and stews
The leaves should always be used fresh because the delicate flavour does not withstand drying or prolonged cooking
The root is said to be edible.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Chervil is not widely used as a medicinal herb, though it is sometimes employed as a 'spring tonic' for cleansing the liver and kidneys, is a good remedy for settling the digestion and is said to be of value in treating poor memory and mental depression.
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