Facts About Sweet Cicely

Introduction:Say you've never heard of sweet cicely? Well, it's a spectacular herb, of many uses, belonging to the family of parsley.

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    Edible Plant

    Sweet Cicely is an edible plant and is reminiscent of Licorice, anise and myrrh. Nutty tasting seeds can be used while green or when ripe. Green seeds will add spicy sweetness to fruit salads, ice cream or pie. Dry seeds reduce acidity of tart fruits. Replace some of the more commonly used spices like nutmeg with sweet cicely for a taste treat.

    For best results, use only fresh leaves and put in omelets, stewed apples, currants, rhubarb or plums. Grate the root of sweet cicely to add a distinctive touch to green salads.

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    Bees Love Sweet Cicely

    Herbalists believe sweet cicely is potentially an herbal substitute for sugar. It is currently being scientifically tested for diabetics. Use it to sweeten your tea as a test. It can be incorporated into most recipes to cut sugar in half, using half a tablespoon of dried sweet cicely and sugar to taste.

    Bees love sweet cicely and the resulting honey is extra-sweet and flavorful.

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    Medicinal Uses

    The entire plant, root in particular, has been used by folk herbalists as an entire body tonic. It is reportedly a good digestive aid - seeds can be chewed or you can brew a tea from its leaves. Bites and scrapes can be treated with ointments made from the sweet cicely root. The herb has been used in cough syrups for its expectorant qualities. It is also said to improve appetite. The ancients believed the herb to "lift spirits and banish gloomy thoughts"

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    Various Uses

    Polish your furniture to a brilliant sheen with sweet cicely leaves. Follow up with a clean cloth to remove any greenness from furniture. Or, you can pound its seeds to a paste like consistency and use as furniture polish. It is used to flavor chartreuse liqueur and various fruit cordials. When dried, sweet cicely makes a marvelous ingredient in potpourri.

  • 05

    Growing Sweet Cicely

    Plant this early flowing herb in your flower garden as a complement to other flowers. The fern shaped leaves are followed in early summertime by small heads of tiny white flowers. The plant can reach three feet in height. Sweet cicely is hardy and is one of the first in your herb garden to come out after winter. It prefers cool, moist, shady soil. Since the seeds take a little while to germinate, you may want to start growing sweet cicely in window boxes as early as February.







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