Tuesday 3 March 2009


Chervil, now - dashed fine herb (in fact a key ingredient of the classic French mixture fines herbes). It keeps popping up in recipes left, right and centre. But can you buy it in the shops? No, in my experience, you cannot - neither fresh nor dried - it is nowhere to be found. This is frustrating - and someone's missing a commercial opportunity here too, aren't they? However, I have managed to find the seeds on sale, and this year I'll be having a go at growing my own - shouldn't be too hard. While I was at it, I picked up some sorrel seeds too - another one that can never be found on the shelf (except occasionally in a salad mixture). In the words of Bob Marley, that's plenty 'erb, mon...


  1. I've been petitioning my local Sainsbury's to stock little pots of Wormwood, Horehound, Fenugreek and Mugwort for ages. That kind of obscure herbal firepower on display above my kitchen sink would bring me middle-class kudos on an unimaginable scale

  2. Wormwood! You could make your own absinthe...

  3. Chervil and sorrel are dead easy. So's coriander. So, to swap to salad, is rocket. Get seeding.

    P.S. you do have some tarragon, don't you??????

  4. Chervil is the same as cow parsley, isn't it? Hopkins has a line somewhere about the spring hedges being "laced with fretty chervil". I understand you can cook with the wild variety when it's young and fresh -- but unless you really know your greens it's not advisable, because of the close resemblance to hemlock.

  5. Oh yes I've got tarragon Dearieme - and you're right Jonathan, it's probably safer not to forage for this one - v confusing, those umbellifers...

  6. is it safe to forage for Borage?

  7. Lucky me, Nige. Right up the street from where I live I can buy fresh chervil anytime I want. It a necessary ingredient for Potage Saint-Germain.

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