Sweet Cicely is an herb that has a vague anise-like aroma and taste.
The plant grows up to 3 feet (1 metre) tall, or higher, and the same wide, from very early spring to late fall. It has bright-green leaves that look like fern leaves.
In May and June, it blossoms with small, creamy-white flowers in clusters. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds like the plant.
It is a perennial that self-seeds enthusiastically.
The leaves lose their taste after the plant flowers, so prevent flowering if you want to use the leaves. Use a few fresh leaves in fruit salads or fruit drinks. They can be dried and used a few teaspoons at a time in tart fruit mixtures, or added to stews, soups, dressings.
A few sprigs of Sweet Cicely added to rhubarb being stewed reduces the tartness of the rhubarb, and therefore the amount of sugar required.
It's not just rhubarb -- really any sour fruit such as gooseberries, red or black currants, etc, can benefit.
The unripe, green seeds are good whole in fruit salads. The ripe, black seeds are best crushed for cooking use, but the taste is so faint that some say it is not worth the bother.
The roots can be treated as a root vegetable.
American Sweet Cicely is Ozmorrhiza longistylis. Its root has a sweet smell and taste like anise.
Sweet Cicely is native to Europe.
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- AngelicaAngelica is an herb more commonly used in Europe than it is in North America, where it is somewhat of an esoteric product that many people either give in and grow themselves, or obtain by mail-order. The plant, which is related to parsley and celery, is an energetic one, pushing up to 6 or 8 feet tall (1.8 to 2.4 metres.) It has bright green toothy leaves on ribbed, hollow stems that are purple at the base of the plant and turn light green towards the top.
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- Bay LeafBay trees can be kept trimmed into hedges or bushes, or in a warm Mediterranean climate can grow quite tall, up to 60 feet (18 metres.) The tree is an evergreen -- its thick, smooth, shiny dark-green leaves stay on the tree all year round. If you live in an area where you can grow Bay (aka Laurel) trees, you can use the leaves from the bush.
- BorageBorage is an herb plant that grows up to about 70 cm (2 1/2 feet) tall, with a spread of about 60 cm (2 feet.) The plant won't win any beauty contests -- it has wrinkled oval leaves with stiff, white prickly hairs -- but it develops beautiful flowers which are usually blue, sometimes pink or lavender. Though borage is an annual, it self-seeds, and will propagate easily in a garden.
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- TrefoilTrefoil is a perennial herb with a flavour between parsley and celery (some think fresh coriander or angelica.) It is evergreen in places where the winter is mild, and grows 1 to 3 feet tall (30 cm to 1 metre.) It blossoms with very tiny star-shaped flowers. The stems and leaves are used as an herb.
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