Winter Chervil Seeds Gold Vault Mylar Zip Packet Feathery, parsley-like leaves of Winter Chervil have a mild, sweet, anise-like flavor and are popular in cooking, salads, and as a delicate garnish. This annual plant grows from 10 to 15" tall and does well in light shade. Harvest begins about 60 days after sowing. Sow in July or August for fall harvest. Loses flavor when dried. Winter chervil is a close relation of parsley, originating in southern Russia. It's delicate flavor, similar to tarragon or fennel, has made it an extremely popular kitchen herb. Chervil has an honored place in every chef's kitchen, particularly in France. This mild herb is the main ingredient of the famous blend of French herbs known as "fines herbes", as well as being the seasoning of classic béarnaise sauce. Though not often used for medicinal purposes, it was historically used as a mild tonic or stimulant as well as being a supposed cure for hiccups.