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Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium) resembles parsley in shape and texture, although has a finer leaf and has a gentle anise flavour. Growing to 30 - 50cm in height with a spread of about 20cm, it is a biennial plant preferring full - part sun in a moist and well drained soil. It doesn't transplant very well, and is best grown from seed in late spring or summer.

Used often to flavour soups, chicken dishes, fish, salads, herb butter, cottage cheese, or as a garnish. If being used in cooking should only be added just before serving as it rapidly loses its flavour. It is also high in Vitamin A and C.

It can also be infused in water as a skin freshener.