One report suggests that the leaves and roots are poisonous
. The same report says that this plant is cultivated for its edible root! The root is unlikely to be poisonous[K].
Root - raw or cooked[2, 33, 34, 37, K]. The raw root is rather tough, but has a nice, aromatic, starchy flavour[K]. When cooked it becomes floury and sweet
with a peculiar flavour that is excellent and unlike any other vegetable
. Peeling the roots ruins the flavour
. The root is about the size of a small carrot
. It can be harvested when the foliage dies down, usually in July/August from an autumn sowing, and stored like potatoes for later use
. It is best harvested as required
. The roots contain about 20% starch and 4% protein
Young stems - raw or cooked
. Some caution is advised, see notes at the top of the sheet.
There are no material uses listed for Chaerophyllum bulbosum.
There are no medicinal uses listed for Chaerophyllum bulbosum.
Seed - best sown in the autumn in situ
. The seed has a very short viability
or, according to another report, the seed becomes dormant if allowed to dry out and will not germinate for a year
. If stored for a spring sowing it should be kept in damp sand in a cold but frost-free place and then sown in situ in March
. Another alternative is to sow the seed in the autumn in a seed tray in a cold frame and then to sow the seed, soil and all, in early April in situ
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An easily grown plant, succeeding in almost any soil
, though it prefers a moist soil
. Tolerates a pH in the range 4.6 to 7.
The turnip-rooted chervil is occasionally cultivated for its edible root
, there is at least one named variety
. The sub-species C. bulbosum prescottii (synonym C. prescottii) is used in Russia
. The root of this sub-species contains about 17% starch
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
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Polycultures & Guilds
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