Often overlooked, this is a very versatile herb
- Use in salads.
- Can be eaten as a vegetable.
- Crystallise stems for cake decorations.
- Medicinal uses.
Supplied as a packet of approximately 20 seeds.
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Angelica is in fact a member of the carrot family, and an ancient and versatile herb.
Young shoots have many uses, including being added to salads, while the stems and roots can be used as a vegetable, and for flavouring gin and vermouth; the two-year-old stems can also be made into cake decorations, sweet meats or chopped into ice creams, or use the seeds in pastries!
The crushed leaves are said to reduce travel sickness whilst a tea made from Aangelica is purported to improve lost appetites. Additionally, if stewed and added to bath water Angelica said to relieve rheumatism and aching muscles.
Recommended by the RHS to be an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.
- Grows to 3-8ft (1-2.5m) tall.
- Hardy perennial.
- Stem can reach an arm’s thickness at base.
- Flowers July-August.
- Prefers deep, moist soil (likes riverbanks!)
- Will grow in full sun (but benefits from a mulch) or partial shade.
- Will self seed.
- Sow seed in autumn or spring in rich, fertile soil.
- Sow in 1″ (2.5cm) deep drills.
- Germination can take 2-3 weeks.
- Thin seedlings to 6″ (15cm) apart.
- Plant 2-3ft (60-90cm) apart.
- Top Tips
- Angelica will self-seed everywhere if allowed to flower so either cut the flowers off before they set or ‘bag’ the flower heads.
- Being biennial it is likely to die if allowed to set seed. Angelica is, however, hardy so it is worthwhile prolonging the life of the plant from year to year by cutting off the flowers before they set seed and/or cutting the plant down to ground level in the autumn.
- Culinary Uses
- Stalks can be candied for cake decorations.
- Shoots can be added to salad.
- Stems and roots can be used as vegetables.
- Seeds can be used in pastries.
- Flowers are edible.
- Medicinal Uses
- To treat digestive problems.
- Crushed leaves freshen the air in a car and are said to reduce travel sickness.
- Tea made from the leaves are said to be tonic for colds and for reducing flatulence.
- Use as a ‘bath oil’ for aching muscles and rheumatism.
- Other Uses
- Leaves can be use in pot pourri.
- Can be used to increase appetite.
- Oils can be used in gin, vermouth, Chartreuse and perfumes.
As with all alternative medicines and plants with purported medicinal benefits it is important to inform your health care providers that you are using them; this helps to ensure safe and coordinated care. We can accept no liability for any side effect or contingency from any allergy or any other cause or harm that may arise. If in doubt please do consult a medical practitioner before using.
Angelica Seed. Use as a vegetable, to crystallise, pot pourri or for flavouring your own gin! A hardy herb plant that looks good in the ornamental garden.
A magnificent plant both in the garden and vase, and a natural sweetener. Add this to rhubarb to reduce the need for so much sugar.
This perennial grows to statuesque proportions and has rounded umbels of light yellow flowers in early summer turning to beautiful seed pods which look fantastic dried.
|Common Name||Garden Angelica, Holy Ghost, Wild Celery|
|Soil Type||Fertile, Neutral|
|Site||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Height||2m (6ft 6in)|
|Sowing, Seeds, Planting||Sow May-June direct where it is to grow, or in a seed tray outside to be planted out August-September. Transplant when young as older plants dislike being moved.|
|Care Tips||Try adding this to the back of a herbaceous border. Mulch deeply in dry conditions, don’t allow to dry out. To prevent it from self-seeding, deadhead after flowering, or leave to self-sow. May need staking.|
|Flowering||May – July (with wonderful seedpods after that).|
|Vase Life||Will dry, so indefinite.|
|Harvesting||Harvest the flowers only once they have turned to seed pods, or they tend to flop.|
|Cooking Notes||Add a handful of fresh angelica stems, cut in short pieces, to rhubarb to counteract its tartness and reduce the need for sugar. Saute or steam the young shoots, as you would asparagus, or candy them as you would ginger.|
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