What are the pros? Perfect flavor
What are the cons? My friend forgot to order enuf
I wish chervil were as easy to find on American farmer's market or grocery store shelves as it is in France, but since it isn't, boy am I relieved that Baker Creek carries the seeds every year. I try to keep a generous supply going because it, along with cilantro and shallots, bring together my weekly salad dressing into a perfect blend (something's always missing in the winter when I don't have my chervil around). Parsley and fennel/dill/tarragon can kind of substitute, but there's really nothing like chervil. If you enjoy using light dashes of the "anisey" herbs (tarragon, dill, fennel, basil), you're going to flip out over chervil.
It takes longer to bolt than cilantro but does eventually bolt (unlike first-year parsley) -- more like dill in lifespan. It self-seeds somewhat reliably if you let it mature -- less weedily than dill, but more reliably within a single season than cilantro. I buy seeds annually because I want a lot fast so I can cook with generous portions.
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