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Sweet Cicely

Sweet CicelySweet cicely is a sweet, aniseed flavoured herb which is a very good sugar substitute.  Its fern-like leaves are very attractive and it has a long growing season.

It is particularly good with tart fruit such as rhubarb as it reduces the acidic flavour and the sweetness and aniseed add an extra dimension to the fruit which is really worth trying.

Culinary Suggestions

  • Makes fantastic Schnapps with vodka using the stems and leaves of sweet cicely.
  • Infuse into custards to serve with fruit crumbles and hot fruit desserts like rhubarb and sweet cicely pie.
  • Try candied stems for garnish
  • Sweet cicely steamed and pureed with scallops.
  • Chopped and cooked through brioche as an accompaniment to a fish starter
  • Cous cous salad with yoghurt, sweet cicely and roasted pine nuts
  • Sweet cicely and crème brulee.
  • Sweet cicely added to fruits with low sugar level can mean the use of less sugar when cooking and experiments are taking place to ascertain how sweet cicely can be used as a sugar substitute.

Suggested Pairings

apple, rhubarb, scallops, vodka

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