Grow Chervil this Spring

| 4/12/2011 3:36:34 PM

PBHobson2Patsy Bell Hobson is blogging at When not in the garden or on the road, find her in southeast Missouri, USA. Read more travel stories at Striped Pot and find more garden, travel and random rants on her Facebook.   

This spring I am growing 'Fancy French' chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium). I've never grown it or even cooked with it except in my fines herbes mixes. Have you ever tasted it? You may have already tasted it in Bernaise sauce.

Although this herb is not often used in American kitchens, it is popular in French cooking. Often referred to as gourmet's parsley, chervil is known as cicely and sweet cicely. I've noticed that Bobby Flay uses chervil in some of his TV recipes, like this French Style Grilled Potato Salad .

Chervil  is in the same family as parsley and dill. Like these plants, chervil has a long tap root and is not easily transplanted. Keep that in mind as you transplant delicate seedlings, or sow it directly in the garden.

Introduce your palate to chervil this spring.
Photo by andreasbalzer/Courtesy

Chervil is a lovely, lacy leafed plant. Like cilantro, chervil grows best in spring. It is quick to bolt in hot weather. Sow seed in two-week cycles throughout the spring to extend its growing season.