Angelique: a delicious aromatic

Angelica is a very large aromatic plant, from the Umbelliferae family, which we like to use in cooking and especially in baking.

But Angelica also has recognized medicinal properties, especially in the fight against fatigue.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Angelica archangelica officinalis
Family : Umbelliferae
Type : Aromatic plant, perennial

Height : 1 to 2 m
Exposure : Sun or shade
Ground : Light, well drained and cool

Harvest : From spring to autumn

Planting angelica

In spring or fall, angelica is planted quite normally in well-loosened soil, ideally mixed with potting soil.

  • Make sure that the angelica has room to develop in width, for this allow 50 cm in all directions
  • Do not move the angelica once in place

Multiplication of angelica:

This operation is not so obvious but, if it succeeds, the satisfaction is immense.

  • Collect the fresh seeds during the summer
  • Sow directly in the ground, in pockets of 3 or 4 seeds
  • The emergence takes place after about 3 weeks
  • Then remove the less vigorous young plants to keep only one every meter
  • The 1st year only gives rise to leaves
  • It will take 2 years to see the first stems grow

Maintenance, angelica pruning

Easy to maintain , the angelica requires very little care once it is properly installed.

  • Water in case of drought or hot weather.
  • If you do not wish to harvest the seeds, remove the flowers before they go to seed.

Angelica in winter:

Before the first frosts, usually in November depending on the region, you can cut the dry leaves close to the ground.

  • Cut back the stems in the fall.
  • Collect the seeds if necessary for sowing the following spring.

Angelica and harvest

All parts of Angelica can be harvested.

  • Edible and aromatic roots are harvested in the fall from the first year.
  • The stems are harvested in the spring of the second year.
  • Harvesting of the stems takes place the year after sowing.

Use of angelica

We consumes all parts of angelica, both roots and petioles and stems.

In addition to the therapeutic virtues recognized for a long time, angelica is used in the composition of many recipes.

  • It is used in baking where, once candied, it can be used to decorate desserts.
  • Angelica is also used in Gin and some liqueurs and wines.
  • It can also be chopped to flavor dishes, it is part of the same family as parsley, carrot or even dill.
  • We cook the leaves in salads, or cooked like spinach.

Smart tip about angelica

By cutting the flowers as you go, you will extend the life of your angelica

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