In my opinion this is the most delicious plant of the year! The only way I can describe it is rich and floral - it tastes a bit like frankincense smells.
Alexander bud and leaves: Also known as The Parsley of Alexandria, this pot herb was brought over to the British Isles by the Romans. All parts of the plant are edible.
Alexanders can be used to replace celery in any dish.
Leaves and young shoots may be eaten raw in salads or cooked and added to soups or stews, and stems can be eaten like asparagus. If the stems are tough or fibrous, peel off the outer skin before boiling them until soft.
Buds can be boiled and eaten as a vegetable, or you can gently fry them in some oil and salt alternatively eat them raw, finely chop them first and add them to a salad.