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Young leaves and shoots - raw. They can be added in small quantities to mixed salads or used to impart a cool aromatic flavour to cooling drinks[7, 183, 244]. The leaves are said to have a parsley-like tang, whilst another report says that the flavour is like cucumber. Seeds - used as a condiment[46, 61, 105]. They are coated with sugar and eaten as a confection. An essential oil from the root is used as a flavouring in sweets etc. It gives a bitter flavour to liqueurs(238).