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Oenanthe pimpinelloides
fruited Water
dropwort, Earth Chestnut
  • Hardy to Zone 6
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Germination Tested November 15, 2023: 80%
  • Approximately 200 seeds per packet
Regular price $5.00 CAD
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Meadow parsley is a perennial plant with edible tubers and leaves. The small ovoid roots have a wonderful sweet flavour and great crunch, growing to the size of a hazelnut or small radish. They are highly regarded in some areas.

The leaves taste like parsley, and are traditionally eaten in Turkey cooked with onion and leeks and eaten as-is, or added to omelettes, pastries, or cooked with yoghurt and bulgur.

Meadow Parsley makes beautiful white umbel flowers that attract all sorts of pollinators.

Also known as Deli maydanoz, Kazıyak, and Gazyak.

Meadow Parsley is easy to grow. It enjoys growing in average to moist, uncompacted, acidic soil. Full sun is best, but partial shade is ok too.

Note that while this plant has a long history of consumption, some closely-related species are poisonous, so caution should be exercised when consuming. Probably eating in moderation is prudent. Use caution if this plant is to be grown where animals may graze.

This plant is often incorrectly sold under the name "Earth Chestnut", Latin name Bunium bulbocastaneum. And sometimes the Latin name Conopodium majus, which is more commonly called Pignut. These 3 species are tricky to tell apart, but I am confident that Oenanthe pimpinelloides is the species I have. The seeds are shaped like a cylinder, which break in half lengthwise when threshed. They do NOT taste like cumin.

Growing Instructions

Direct sow in early spring as soon as the ground thaws, or start indoors a few weeks before last frost. Sow seeds shallowly. Seeds can take 2-6 weeks to germinate, so be patient and keep them evenly moist.

Shipping & Returns

We ship seeds within Canada for a flat fee of $6, United States for $25, and internationally for $25*. Live plants and bulbs can only be shipped within Canada.


Shipping in Canada 

We ship seeds in Canada via regular letter mail, which is an untracked service, and usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrive. Larger bulbs and plants are sent via tracked flat rate box.


Shipping to the US

We ship all US orders by tracked packet and they usually take two weeks to arrive.

According to the USDA, most seeds require an import permit to be brought into the US and the permit is free and useable for multiple orders/years. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". In our experience shipping seeds over several years, most small orders will make it across the border without issues, but occasionally they will be held at US Customs. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held or confiscated by US customs.


Shipping Internationally

International orders are usually shipped via untracked packet. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held of confiscated by customs.

International shipping countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom


If you have any issues with the quality of your order, please contact us within 60 days and we will make it right!

*Shipping fees are in Canadian dollars. 

Ecologically Grown

Seeds are grown ecologically without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

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