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Wild chervil leaf.

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Wild chervil is the poor cousin of chervil.

And I can't understand why.

Chervil, Anthriscus cerefolium, is a small annual that's very prone to bolting. The leaf tastes of parsley with a hint of anise. And I really don't like anise.

Wild chervil, Anthriscus sylvestris, is a mid-sized perennial. It has flowered profusely this year, so much in fact that I took pics of one wild chervil -only meadow earlier this summer. Usually it's a well behaved, stay-in-the-shadows (well, in the sun, but it doesn't flower all over the place) plant, flowering around midsummer. As a perennial you'll find fresh green leaf pretty much throughout the season.
These leaves taste of parsley. There's no hint of anise there. In fact, to my tastebuds this is way better than real chervil.

Of course, it helps that we don't have the deadly poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) growing up here. If you have both in your neck of the woods you should learn the difference between them before you add wild chervil to your kitchen cupboards.



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