Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Sweet cicely

0751.  Sweet cicely seedpods used in well-dresssing, detail of Children’s Well, Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire, 25 July 2015.

2.   I have always used sweet cicely in cooked apple dishes, a habit I suppose I picked up from my mother or grandmother. Would wartime sugar rationing have been a factor in reviving the practice, perhaps? [Norton Subcourse, Norfolk, July 2003].

2. [Suffolk] I have made an infusion (tea) of fresh sweet cicely for my family’s coughs for many years [Natural History Museum, London, May 2003].

2014-05-22 18.25.553. Sweet cicely … abundant on roadsides in East Lothian. Formerly prized for its sweetness and used for sweetening rhubarb [Gullane, East Lothian, February 1997].

Images:  main, cultivated, Hyde Park, London, April 2015; lower inset, Grasmere, Cumbria; May 2014.