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SAFLAX - Organic - Chervil - 800 seeds - With potting substrate for better cultivation - Anthriscus cerefolium
Essential ingredient for the German Green Sauce
With germfree and permeable potting substrate based on coconut fiber for suceessful cultivation.
Chervil produces an aniseed-like scent and is an import plant for bees and bumblebees. Cultivated in a pot, it reaches about 20 cm height, but it can also grow up to 70 cm in the open. Besides, you better refrain from collecting Chervil in wild nature since there is a high risk to mistake the poisonous Hemlock for Chervil.
In the kitchen: Chervil is a popular and fitting herb for soups and stews (e.g. chervil soup), dressings and remoulade sauce, roast lamb, fish dishes, scrambled eggs, omelette and braised tomatoes. Since it is one of the first herbs that can be harvested within the year, it is often used and popular in spring dishes. Furthermore, Chervil is an essential ingredient for the French blend of herbs "Fines herbes" and for the famous German Green Sauce. Chervil should not be hung to dry, but frozen instead, as the essential oils along with a lot of the strong aroma will fade while drying. You should harvest the herb before flowering because the leaves will lose their flavour and become bitter after blooming. Cut the sprouts with scissors about 4 cm above the ground at the lower stem and clean under running water. Let the residual water drip off and then chop up the Chervil with a sharp kitchen knife. After that, the cut pieces can be kept in a freezer bag or sealed container for storage in a freezer, where the herbs last for a long time. Use the Chervil while still frozen and add it to the dish only shortly before serving.
Natural Location: Chervil is native in west Asia and south eastern Europe.
Cultivation: The best time for propagation is starting in February at a sunny place indoors as the seed is a light germinator. Scatter the seeds onto moist coconut substrate or organic herbal soil and slightly press them on. Cover the seed container with clear film to prevent the soil from drying out, but don't forget to make some holes in the clear film and take it every second or third day completely off for about 2 hours. That way you avoid mold formation on the potting compost. Place the seed container somewhere bright and warm with a temperature between 20°C and 25° Celsius and keep the surface of the earth moist, but not wet (ideally using a water sprayer). Depending on the propagation temperature the first seedlings will come up after two to five weeks. Seedlings that are already raised indoors can be planted out with beginning of May. As soon as there is no more night frost expected, you can move the seedling with its complete root ball, to avoid stress for the plant.
Place: A semi-shaded spot is the best place for cultivating Chervil. In the open nature it is often found near a shaded forest's edge. In cultivation, Chervil prefers to stay at its initial place and should preferably not be moved or only be moved with its entire root ball.
Care: Keep the soil always moist, but not wet. Water your plant as soon as the top layer of the earth has dried out. Fertilize the plant either very modest with compost or organic fertilizer for herbs, or don't fertilize at all.
During Winter: Sow again the next year.