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Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum)
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Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum)

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Biennial growing to 1.2m by 0.7m.

Edible, the leaves and young shoots which taste rather like Celery, can be eaten raw in salads or cooked in stews, soups etc.
The seeds are hot and spicy and were once used as a substitute for pepper.

Found from Europe to Asia, now naturalized in Britain, probably since Roman times

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