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What is garden chervil?

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Garden chervil, or Anthriscus cerefolium, is a delicate annual herb that resembles parsley and tastes like mild basil or aniseed. The plant grows to a height of 12 to 24 inches and has light green leaves and small white flowers. Used primarily in French cooking, chervil also has medicinal properties.

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Part of the fines herbes blend of French cuisine, the warm herb complements and enhances the flavor of white fish, chicken, eggs and zucchini. Chervil is also a tasty addition to herb butters, mild cheeses and potato dishes.

Used since the Middle Ages to treat a variety of ailments, chervil is a rich source of bioflavonoids that aid in vitamin C absorption and help reduce blood pressure. In horticulture, chervil functions as a trap crop to attract slugs.

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