Alexanders ()


A tall and stout flowering BIENNIAL growing to 1.2 m. Prefers moist soil and a semi-shaded to sunny position. Attractive to bees and butterflies.
Umbels of yellow-green flowers are followed by black seeds. Taste is intermediate between parsley and celery.
All plant parts are edible, historic use as a medicine.


The leaves and young shoots, with a strong celery-like flavour, can be eaten either raw in salads or cooked in soups, stews etc
while the stem is normally blanched before using. Flower buds are eaten raw and the spicy seeds can be used as a pepper substitute. The root is often boiled in soups.
Bitter and digestive, has been used in the past as a medicinal plant.

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