Where can I buy fresh chervil?


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Fresh chervil is available throughout the year at a variety of specialty markets, according to NPR in May 2008. Marx Foods sells fresh chervil in bags of 1 to 5 pounds, and Fine Food Specialist in the United Kingdom sells the herb in bags of 100 grams each as of July 2014. Marx Foods specializes in wholesale foods, and the seller offers organic and non-organic varieties of fresh chervil.

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Chervil is an herb with a mild anise flavor, and it is a member of the parsley family with dark green, curly leaves. The leaves and roots of the plant are edible, and heat ruins the flavor of the fresh herb. Chervil works as a garnish for certain foods much like parsley. Chervil works well with eggs, cheese, chicken, carrots, fish, potatoes, spinach, veal and venison. A gram of chervil is 4 calories and contains vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium.

Chervil is a main ingredient of the French mixture known as "fines herbes," a blend of dried parsley, tarragon, chervil and chives. The licorice-lemon flavor is used in France in various salad mixtures and spice concoctions. "Fines herbes" are available in many grocery stores in the United States.

Chervil was used in ancient Roman dishes after the herb was imported from Russia. Pliny, a first century Roman scholar, believed that the herb had diuretic properties.

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