Anthriscus sylvestris

WARNING! Cow Parsley & the deadly Hemlock often grow next to each other. It is absolutely vital that you can identify Cow Parsley with 100% accuracy.

The leaves & stems of Cow parsley have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-epileptic, antiviral & fungistat properties.
Various researches show these plants to have the potential for working as an alternate medicine for various health disorders such as alzheimer’s diseasecrohn’s diseaseparkinson’s disease.

These plants are also believed to be able to prevent cancer.
These anti-depressant, anti-anxiety & anti-stress herbs are beneficial for insomnia & sleeplessness.
They are believed to be able to fight infertility.
They are also beneficial for diabetes & leukemia.
These beneficial plants are used for treating various stomach complaints, digestive disorders & kidney disorders.
It is also used for the treatment of dropsy.
The infusion of these leaves is used for curing kidney stones & cystitis.
It is used for alleviating migraine headache & fighting obesity.
This herb is used for treating common cold & fever.

The root from Anthriscus sylvestris has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to treat fracturescontusionsstrainscough, bronchitis & asthma due to lung weakness.
The roots of these medicinal plants are used for making a tonic used for various medicinal purposes.


Be very careful while using this plant, as it looks very similar to another poisonous species known as fools' parsley, hemlock & giant hogweed

Hemlock can cause some serious health effects for humans. 
The giant hogweed plant sap can cause severe burns if comes to direct contact with the skin.

It is advisable to avoid using this herb in any form during pregnancy as it is known to induce uterine contractions.


Wild Chervil is edible but should only be picked when young as then it has a flavour something like a cross between fennel & parsley,with a hint of carrot. When older it becomes more unpleasant & bitter in taste.
Smells a bit like parsley, sweet.
They are quite pleasant to eat & can be used raw or cooked.
You can eat the stems of Cow Parsley either peeled & raw, or simply steamed.
You can also pickle the stems.
Eat them with butter like you would asparagus

Cow parsley is the first plant having flowers in umbels to come into flower in spring. Small quantities of it make a lively addition to salads & it works well with cold potato, cucumber & tomato.
It can also be added to omelette.
It also goes well with potatoes; chopped & mixed into mash or with new potatoes, olive oil & lemon juice.

Mild-tasting leaves are good in soups & its parsnip-like root is good to eat too.


The origin of the name Mothers Dies seems to be a folk tale that children were told that if they picked cow parsley, their mother would die. This threat would deter children who couldn't tell the difference from picking hemlock which is poisonous.

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