Sweet Cicely is a perennial herb with pale green fern-like leaves that have a sugar-like taste. Its hollow leaves look similar to Chervil’s which are narrower and bright green.
Sweet Cicely has an affinity with herbs like bay leaves, lemon balm and mint.
It is indigenous to France’s Savoy region, and is also known as European Sweet Chervil and Spanish Chervil.
Fresh leaves can be used for fruit and milk dishes such as pies, puddings and yogurts. Sweet Cicely is good too for soups and stews. Best to use fresh, not dried.
Because of their delicate anise sugary taste, fresh Sweet Cicely leaves can be chopped and used as a sugar substitute in drinks, desserts, and milk products.
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