Wild fennel is native to the Mediterranean, it is so widespread that's why the foraging for wild fennel is easy on the west coast. It is found mostly along roadsides and disturbed areas. The scientific name of fennel is Foeniculum vulgare. It is a fine leaf perennial rooted plant that reaches up to 3 m in height. Its common names are anise, sweet anise, etc. Harvest it when it is still green, take the flower heads and clear it properly in hot water 2-3 times to remove dirt, and bugs, then for drying it lay all of them on the paper bag and then dry it in the air for weeks. When it will dry completely, then remove the seeds and store them in an airtight jar or container. This is the process of foraging wild fennel, it is used by various cultivators for uses. It looks brightly green, feathery, or thin. It has a flavor and smell like licorice and is also better in taste and also using it for cooking.
Description of Wild fennel
It is literally the primary flavor of the licorice. You can cook fennel down and when you cook it, it'll become a bit sweeter and some flavors will become richer and deeper and less sharp. However, you can also eat it raw, if you're really into licorice. Wild fennel is also the primary flavoring agent in essence. Healthwise fennel has several medical purposes, it's very popular to consume fennel in India as it's believed that it improves eyesight. It is also consumed as a carminative which reduces flatulence. So, that's the bit about fennel, also if you are afraid to use it because of licorice flavor or smell, then let that afraid to be down because it's not like black licorice or jelly beans, many people like the flavor.
Is anise fennel
As everyone has this question in their mind that Is anise fennel are the same thing, let me fix this- No, somewhere it has a similar taste, but they are two different plants. The scientific name of Anise is Pimpinella anisum, and the fennel is Foeniculum vulgare. But both the anise and fennel belong to the same plant family of the Apiaceae family. Also, they both have licorice-like smell and taste profiles, but they both are different from each other and also from different plants.
What is a fennel?
Wild fennel is native to the Mediterranean, but it basically exploded, and it's all over the place it actually grows wild, and you can find it often along the sides of river banks and in dry patches near the sea. Of course, you don't have to go far to journey for it, if you want to eat it you can get it at almost any grocery store these days, and the whole plant is edible, there's a lot on the plant and a lot of different things come from the plant.
The bulb is come up, and it can be eaten raw, or it can be cooked sometimes you'll go to the store, and you'll see these funnel thanes which are the sort of brush lea little florets that come off of the top of the stalks of the fennel, those are also edible, there are fennel seeds which might not come in the plant, but you can get them in your spice aisle, and they also are edible and finally, there is fennel pollen which is the most potent of all the fennel flavors, and it's also the most expensive. Taste-wise fennel has a strong and nice licorice component to it.
Amazing benefits- There are various benefits of Fennel fruit-like:
Where wild fennel grows
Wild fennel mostly grows or is found in roadsides or disturbed areas and grows wild sides of the river, and in dry patches of the sea. Also, it grows in gardens all over the world. Fennel flower has anti-inflammation properties and is used for medical purposes, it is used for improving mental health, also it has cancer-fighting properties. Its flower, seeds all are used for medicinal purposes and also for treating various health issues and disorders. You can eat it raw also, you can cook it, and use it by cutting the thin slices for salads for better smell and taste to your food.
Where do fennel seeds come from
For fennel seeds are cover with 1/4 of soil and space the seeding process or thin plants to 10-12 apart, and in rows approx 18-24 inches apart. Fennel is grown directly from the seeds.
Wild fennel is quite easy to identify by its licorice-like smell. And also it is just close attached with the fennel bulb, that you buy from your near grocery stores or farmers market, and it is covered by feathery fronds.
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Note- Wild fennel is a rooted plant with fine leaf, which reaches up to 3 m. It grows erect and has joined many stems at nodes, and it appears hairless, and it is not the same as cultivated fennel types.
Precaution- It can cause an allergic reaction, and also conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, and increase the risk of bleeding and keep it away from children's, pregnant, and breastfeeding women. Use all the instructions and consult your doctor before having it, stay on the safe side.
So, what are your views about wild fennel?