Chervil is a tender, leafy, light green herb with thin, hollow stems reaching up to 30 centimeters tall. The leaves grow opposite of each other with a triad of 5 small, deeply serrated, feathery leaflets. Chervil is highly aromatic with notes of anise and parsley.
It is typically harvested around 10 centimeters tall. At maturity, it produces a tall flower stalk topped with a conical cluster of small, white, edible flowers. Chervil offers mild, sweet licorice or anise flavor.