Cooking With Chervil
Chervil is very popular in French cooking. Use the leaves fresh and
add them after cooking. Heat or drying will destroy the delicate
Chervil is used with Fines Herbes (French herb mixture), Bouquet
Garni, salads and soups. They are also a great addition to potatoes,
eggs or fish dishes.
How To Grow Chervil
Chervil likes a rich but light soil in a partly shaded spot. Too much
heat, sun or dry soil will cause it to bolt and go to seed.
Don't be tempted to store Chervil seeds for too long. Only fresh
seeds less than a year old will germinate readily. Sow the seeds thickly
into boxes or bowls.
Position: part shade
Watering: moist, not too dry
Feeding: not required
Propagation: from seed
Cooking: add after cooking
Growing Chervil In The Ground
Sow them in rows in the ground. They will germinate within a week or
two. You can start harvesting approximately six weeks after sowing.
If you let some plants develop seeds you have a supply of fresh seed for the next season.
Chervil is fairly cold tolerant so you can make your first sowings in
March. A late sowing in late summer will produce a crop for winter and
Harvest your own Chervil seeds: If you let some plants go to seed they might start self-seeding and produce a ground-covering carpet of seeds.
Chervil is short lived so sow seeds every two to three weeks for a
continuous supply. Use fresh potting soil every time if you grow chervil
Keep your plants well watered and protect them from drying out. This
will cause red leaves and pre-mature bolting. The flavour is also
suffering if the plants are under stress. Feeding is hardly necessary
because of the short lifespan.
Grow Chervil on your windowsill in the winter...
Chervil can be grown like cress on the window sill. This is
particularly useful in the winter because it will keep you supplied with
delicious and healthy fresh greens when other fresh herbs are scarce.
Harvesting And Preserving Chervil
Always harvest the young tender leaves. They have the most flavour.
Harvest before the plants start flowering. After flowering the flavour
is not as strong.
Freeze surplus Chervil leaves in ice cube trays or freezer bags.
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