The leaves, seeds and stems can all be harvested. The leaves have a mild flavour, whilst stems and seeds are stronger. Provides an aniseed flavour to dishes.
Sow outdoors thinly, from March to May, where they are to crop, 1.5cm deep, directly into finely-prepared, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Seedlings usually appear in 7-21 days. Thin seedlings to 30cm apart. Water well until plants are established. Keep moist and weed free. If desired, plants can be kept smaller by pinching back regularly. Harvest from June to October. Pick leaves and stems as required. Harvest ripe seeds once they have turned brown.