OP A perennial garden herb, in the Rosaceae family, it has a mild cucumber flavour. Native to western, central and southern Europe as well as northwest Africa and western Asia. Can grow to 40-90cm tall and is often found on dry soils which makes it very drought tolerant. We have welcomed this herb to our garden as it is available to eat pretty much year round. We recommend the younger leaves though as the older ones are more bitter and tough. We use it in salads all the time, can also be used to flavour cool summer drinks or brewed as a medicinal tea to relieve diarrhoea. Matures 70 days
Sow into tray in early spring or summer. Prick out to 4cm diagonal spacing when true leaves appear. Transplant to permanent garden bed at 30cm diagonal spacing. Great food forest plant as well.