Anthriscus cerefolium syn. A. sativum
|Another member of the Apiaceae (prev. Umbeliferae) family. Native to southern and western Asia, but now naturalised in many parts of Europe, Britain, and North America.
It is a traditional part of the french ‘fines herbes‘ mix.
|Best sown directly where they are to grow. Too much heat will cause plants to bolt to flower prematurely. Ensure they have a cool lightly shaded spot in our typical summers. Can handle frost to minus 10 degrees. Try sowing in autumn for harvesting through the winter.
|Mainly valued for its leaves which can be added to salads, or used as a garnish.
Added to omelettes and dishes such as stews and soups. They have a mild parsley / aniseed like flavour. Add leaves toward the end of cooking as too much heat will destroy the flavour.
Another great plant for attracting beneficial insects.