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(Smyrnium perfoliatum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Smyrnium perfoliatum
Umbelliferae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Leaves and young shoots – raw in salads or cooked in soups, stews etc[2, 5, 8, 12, 27, 37, 115, 183]. The plant commences growth in the autumn and the leaves are often available throughout the winter[5, 52]. They have a rather strong celery-like flavour and are often blanched (by excluding light from the growing plant) before use[183]. Leafy seedlings can be used as a parsley substitute[183].

    Stem – raw or cooked[2, 5, 8, 12, 27, 37, 53, 115]. Tasting somewhat like celery[17], it is often blanched (by excluding light) before use[183]. This species is considered to be superior to the related S. olusatrum because it not only blanches better but is also more crisp and tender and not so harsh flavoured[183].

    Flower buds – raw[12, 52]. A celery-like flavour, they can be added to salads.

    The spicy seeds are used as a pepper substitute[52, 183].

    Root – cooked. Boiled and used in soups. the root is said to be more tender if it has been kept in a cool place all winter[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in an outdoor seedbed in autumn and planted into its permanent position in late spring[1, 200]. Germination can be slow[200]. Can also be sown in situ in spring[188].
Succeeds in most soils but prefers an open sunny position in a well-drained moisture retentive soil[1, 200].
S. Europe to Asia. Occasionally naturalized in Britain.

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