In the carrot family, we have some vegetable and herb choices. As for vegetables, this veggie family includes celery, celeriac (celery root), carrot, parsnip, parsley root. The herbs that are a member of this family include anise, caraway, chervil, cilantro, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, lovage and parsley. The herbs in this family are annuals except for lovage. Just in case you want to know – the formal name of the carrot family is Umbelliferae.
For different members of the carrot family, different parts of the plant are eaten. For example, the stems and leaves of celery and parsley, the bulbs of fennel and celeriac, the roots of carrots and parsnip and the seeds of caraway and coriander are eaten.
Many of the plants in this family like the cooler weather. Some take forever to grow (over 100 days) like celery, celeriac and parsnip. The herb plants in this family are often used as companion plants because the flowers attract the good bugs that go after the bad bugs on neighboring plants. The scent of the herb members of this family is said to confuse the bad bugs so they can’t find the plants that they like to munch on. The plants in the family are fairly low maintenance but they do benefit from consistent moisture and mulch.
Out of the vegetables in this family, I have grown carrots, celeriac, celery, cilantro, dill, lovage, parsley and parsnip with success.
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