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Castroni Wild Fennel Seeds
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare Mill.) Is a Mediterranean herb of the family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae).
The wild fennel is a wild plant, perennial, with branched stem, up to 2 meters high. It has leaves that resemble hay (hence the name foeniculum), green color and during the summer produces umbels of small yellow flowers. Then the fruits (achenes), first green, and then greyish. Are usually used the shoots, leaves, flowers and fruits (improperly called “seeds”) of the fennel.
The seeds are mainly used to flavor tarallini (Puglia), homemade donuts and other sweets and hot spice or herbal wine. They are also part of the recipe of a typical biscuit of Piedmont, the finocchino. It is in use in the coastal regions of the Tyrrhenian Sea, a “fennel liquor”, for which are used fresh flowers and / or the “seeds” and leaves.