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Myrrhis odorata (Sweet cecily)

Big, deep roots, delicate frond-like leaves and airy flowers. Intensely anise-flavoured and sweet. An early flowering plant. Cut the seed pods off to keep it looking nice in the garden many weeks. All parts of sweet cecily are edible. You can cook the leaves like spinach or add fresh leaves to salads, soups or omelets. The stalks can be used like celery and the roots boiled and mixed with other vegetables or added to salads.