Chervil

Chervil

SKU: HR1061
A delicate parsley-like plant with a hint of licorice aroma, its delicate flavour disappears in cooking so add it just prior to serving or add raw leaves fresh to salads. Read More

Exposure Full-sun or partial shade

Season Cool season

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More details about Chervil

Anthriscus cerefolium. A delicate parsley-like plant with a hint of licorice aroma, its delicate flavour disappears in cooking so add it just prior to serving or add raw leaves fresh to salads. Chervil likes to grow in a cool season, and it actually thrives in partial shade. Direct-sow chervil seeds in spring or late summer. Harvest the flowers just before they open, and make the most of the foliage before flowering begins. If allowed to flower and go to seed, it may self sow. This is an underrated herb, and remains a stranger to many North American gardeners. We love it.

Quick Facts:

    • Delicate leaves with a hint of licorice
    • Pick just before flowers open
    • Add to food just before serving
    • Likes to grow in a cool season
    • Will grow in partial shade

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All About Chervil

Latin

Latin
Anthriscus cerefolium
Family: Apiaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Season: Cool season
Exposure: Sun or part-shade

Timing

Timing
Start seeds indoors or direct sow in spring. Direct sow in summer and protect plants from midday sun for a winter crop – chervil is quite hardy. Keep transplanting to a minimum, as chervil develops a delicate taproot that does not respond well to disturbance.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds 5mm-1cm (¼-½”) deep, and space plants 23-30cm (9-12″) apart.

Growing

Growing
Chervil plants will be ready for cutting 6-8 weeks after sowing. It’s probably best to grow chervil in relatively damp soil in partial shade, as plants will bolt in hot mid-summer weather. Transplanting may also trigger bolting. Cover with a cloche in winter, and it will just keep growing until it blooms the following spring.

Harvest

Harvest
Begin harvesting as needed 6-8 weeks after sowing, or when plants are 10cm (4″) tall. Drying kills nearly all the flavour of chervil leaves, so freezing is best for long term storage.

Companion Planting

Companion Planting
Chervil is an excellent companion for Brassicas, lettuce, and radishes, but does best in part shade. Try growing some between rows of tall cabbages and kale. Chervil helps to repel slugs.

More on Companion Planting.

How to Grow Chervil

Step 1: Timing

Start seeds indoors or direct sow in spring. Direct sow in summer and protect plants from midday sun for a winter crop – chervil is quite hardy. Keep transplanting to a minimum, as chervil develops a delicate taproot that does not respond well to disturbance.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds 5mm-1cm (¼-½”) deep, and space plants 23-30cm (9-12″) apart.

Step 3: Growing

Chervil plants will be ready for cutting 6-8 weeks after sowing. It’s probably best to grow chervil in relatively damp soil in partial shade, as plants will bolt in hot mid-summer weather. Transplanting may also trigger bolting. Cover with a cloche in winter, and it will just keep growing until it blooms the following spring.

Step 4: Harvest

Begin harvesting as needed 6-8 weeks after sowing, or when plants are 10cm (4″) tall. Drying kills nearly all the flavour of chervil leaves, so freezing is best for long term storage.

Tips!

Companion Planting: Chervil is an excellent companion for Brassicas, lettuce, and radishes, but does best in part shade. Try growing some between rows of tall cabbages and kale. Chervil helps to repel slugs.

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