University of Maryland Extension


Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium)

Photo: Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., 


Chervil is an annual plant that grows up to 2 feet in height. It has lacy leaves resembling parsley but I a lighter shade of green. The flat heads have delicate white flowers.


Chervil can be raised from seed sown in the garden in early spring. Seedlings are difficult to transplant. Thin plants 3 to 4 inches apart. For denser foliage, cut the flower stems before bloom.


Pick leaves just before the buds break. Cut and dry the green, tender leaves.


Chervil leaves are used in similar ways as is parsley – in soups, salads, sauces, egg dishes, and cheese soufflés.



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