General Description

Chervil is a light-green, lacey, fern-like leaf of Annthriscus cerefolium, a low-growing member of the parsley family.

Geographical Sources

Chervil is grown in the United States and Holland.

Traditional Ethnic Uses

Chervil is one of the classic components of the popular French herb blend, fines herbs.

Taste and Aroma Description

The leaves of this aromatic and sweet herb bear a slight resemblance to parsley; however, the flavor is more distinctive with a trace of anise.

History/Region of Origin

Chervil is native to southern Russia. Pliney, in the first century, used Chervil as a seasoning. The Romans took it to France where it has been important for centuries. Only recently has it been cultivated and used in the United States.

Storage Tips

Store in cool, dark, dry places.

A Few Ideas to Get You Started

Chervil brings out the flavor of other herbs. Stir it into scrambled eggs or cheese and ham omelets. Cervil is useful for adding color and flavor to creamy dressings for pasta and potato salads. Add it to butter-sauced mushrooms and serve over grilled steak or chicken breasts. Crush Chervil in your hand or with a mortar and pestle before use.