Common name : Fennel

Scientific name : Foeniculumvulgare

Family : Apiaceae

Native land : Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region

Fennel is a biennial, hardy, perennial–umbelliferous herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It grows to a height of up to 2.5 metres with hollow stems. The leaves are finely dissected. The flowers are produced in terminal compound umbels. The fruit is a dry seed about 4-10 mm long. It is a highly aromatic and flavourful herb with culinary and medicinal uses. In aroma, fennel seeds are like anise and are used as flavouring in baked goods, meat and fish dishes, ice cream, alcoholic beverages and herb mixtures.

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