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How to Grow Chervil: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing and Using This Delicate Herb

by Gregory
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How to Grow Chervil: A Guide for Beginners

What is Chervil?

Chervil is a delicate herb with a flavor similar to parsley and aniseed. It’s a key ingredient in French cooking and is used in a variety of dishes, from soups to salads.

How to Grow Chervil

Sowing and Planting

  • Sow chervil seeds in spring to late summer in a shady spot.
  • Plant seeds 1cm deep and thin seedlings to 15cm apart.


  • Water chervil regularly, especially during dry spells.
  • Cut off flower stems to prevent the plant from going to seed.
  • Protect chervil from cold weather with cloches if necessary.


  • Harvest chervil leaves when they’re fully unfurled, about 6-8 weeks after sowing.
  • Avoid harvesting leaves from flowering plants, as they will be bitter.

Storing Chervil

  • Freeze chervil leaves in ice cube trays for later use.
  • Dry chervil leaves, but note that they will lose some flavor.

Cooking with Chervil

  • Add fresh chervil to dishes towards the end of cooking to preserve its flavor.
  • Chervil pairs well with eggs, fish, chicken, and soups.
  • Use chervil to make herb butter and flavored oil.


  • Buy chervil seeds from a reputable source and check the sow-by date.
  • Protect chervil from slugs with an environmentally friendly barrier.
  • If chervil is not available, substitute with parsley or tarragon.

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