Tuberous Chervil (Chaerophyllum Bulbosum), Root With Chestnut Flavor

Tuberous chervil (Chaerophyllum bulbosum) also called bulbous chervil is a biannual vegetable plant cultivated mainly for its white fleshy fleshy root, in the form of a spinning top, very popular for its sweet, fine and sweet flavor close to chestnut and potato, and a texture melting not at all floury.

Tuberous chervil (Chaerophyllum bulbosum) growing in the vegetable garden

Its fine and cut leaves grow on stems that can reach 1,5m. Be careful, however, if the roots of the chervil tuber are tasted without moderation, its leaves are very toxic.

Whereas before, tuberous chervil grew in a wild way, this vegetable garden was cultivated by the French peasants only from the middle of the 19th century, before falling into oblivion to reappear again since the end of the 19th century. 20th century on our stalls among the old vegetables. Its cultivation is reserved to the gardeners "warned" in particular because of a germination difficult to succeed.

  • Family: Apiaceae
  • Type: biennial
  • Origin: Central and Eastern Europe
  • Color: grayish and white flesh
  • sowing: Yes
  • cutting: no
  • Planting: September to November
  • Harvest: from July
  • Height: up to 1.5 m

Ideal soil and exposure for growing chervil in a kitchen garden

Tuberous chervil is cultivated on humus soil rich in humus, both fresh and humus, preferably in the sun avoiding the burning sun.

Seeding date of tuberous chervil

The planting time of the tuberous chervil is in the fall, from mid-October to mid-November, by sowing clear at 1cm deep spacing rows of 25cm. In order to facilitate germination, it is advisable to stratify the seeds. The germination will take several weeks during which weeding will be necessary not to let the weeds invade the ground. You will need to lighten to keep feet every 10 cm.

Maintenance and culture advice for tuberous chervil

Tuberous chervil does not support soils that are too wet, watering should only be done during drought.

We must weed it thoroughly.

You will be able to recover the seeds on the feet that you left in the ground, when they became brown, at the end of summer.

Harvesting, conservation and use of tuberous chervil

Harvesting occurs 6 to 8 months after sowing: it can begin generally at the end of June, beginning of July when the foliage has yellowed.

It must be stored and stored in a cellar or silo. It will be better from October, after a few months of ripening giving it an even more delicate chestnut flavor.

Tuberous chervil is consumed in the same way as potatoes, that is, fried, mashed, souped, served with meat, etc.

Diseases, pests and parasites of tuberose chervil

Carrot fly attacks and aphids are to be feared on tuberous chervil. Covering the crop with an insect net may be interesting as early as April.

Location and favorable association of tuberous chervil

Tuberous chervil is grown in the garden, with no specific neighborhood preferences.

The typical species of tuberous chervil is the only one cultivated.

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