sweet cicely


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sweet cicely

(sĭs`əlē), name for the European herb Myrrhis odorata and for closely related American and Asian plants of the genus Osmorhiza, all of the family Umbelliferae (parsleyparsley,
Mediterranean aromatic herb (Petroselinum crispum or Apium petroselinum) of the carrot family, cultivated since the days of the Romans for its foliage, used in cookery as a seasoning and garnish.
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 family). Both sweet cicely plants are fragrant perennials having aromatic, licorice-flavored roots, once considered medicinal. They resemble the poison and water hemlocks but are usually distinguishable by their elongated, rather than rounded, seedlike fruits. The European sweet cicely, sometimes called myrrh, was formerly used for salads and greens, and an oil to polish oak was extracted from the seeds. Sweet cicely is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Apiales, family Umbelliferae.
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In full sun, plant early settlers' flowers and herbs such as musk mallow, bellflower, sweet william, Jerusalem cross, Dame's-rocket, sweet cicely, sage, and indispensable Oriental poppy, fortified by the mountain bluet to help prop up its sprawling stems.
Sweet cicely is a great garden herb - it tastes of aniseed and you can eat every bit of it, but the tender stalks and leaves are best in salads.
Collect and dry seeds of dill, fennel, chives and sweet cicely as they ripen.
Smell the woodland and hedgerow plants including sweet cicely (aniseed) and ramsons (garlic).
4 Instead of sugar, use sweet cicely as a sweetener for cooked rhubarb or apple.
Sweet cicely was another surprise, with its pods providing an unexpectedly strong burst of aniseed in the mouth.
On the menu is chicken skin, grilled onion and burrata milk; beef, nettle and carrot; and hay, strawberry, malt and sweet cicely.