> Sweet Cicely Herb
Information on, uses of and how to grow sweet cicely:
At one time the seeds of Sweet cicely were pounded down and used as
furniture polish. All parts of this herb were used for medicine. The roots were
boiled until tender and given to the elderly as an aid to digestion.
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How to grow
The seeds of Sweet Cicely need to be exposed to the frost for
good germination. Space the seedlings 45cm apart and transplant them if
necessary when 1 year old. The herb will reseed itself.
Partial shade in moist soil.
Sweet Cicely is a thick rooted plant. Its small leaves have a
liquorice-like flavour. The seeds have a spicy taste. It grows to a height of
90cmand the whole plant with its lacey leaves and tiny white flowers is highly
Sweet Cicely can be cooked with tart fruits to cut down the acidity.
This works well with rhubarb, red currants and gooseberries. It can also be
added to omelettes. The ripe seeds can be chewed as an aid to digestion and a
tea made from the chopped leaves is said to soothe the stomach.
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Question? How many ounces of sweet cicely leaves are needed to sweeten the average rhubarb crumble ? Tons of it available in the Yorkshire Dales!
My sweet cicely grows rampantly in my garden and I have to really work hard to keep it at bay. It is grown in a chalky garden in Kent under my mulberry tree which surely must starve if of most nutrients, but it is thriving. I always use it in my rhubarb crumbles.
Sweet Cicely does not like humid or hot climates. It likes a soil that is rich in humus and likes to be grown in light shade. It doesn't grow very well in pots because it has a long tap root.
My sweet cicely is not flourishing. The plants are tiny and just not growing. This is the second year for them. They remain green, and I have tried picking a little to use in my salad. But, there is hardly any to pick for the plant would be gone.