Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Fennel Seeds

Are you familiar with fennel seeds? In the Philippines fennel seed is called anis or haras. My grandfather taught me to combine fennel seeds when making malagkit/biko. Oh, it smells really good!
According to wikipedia, Fennel is a plant species in the genus Foeniculum. It is a member of the family Apiaceae. It is a hardy, perennial, umbelliferous herb, with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is generally considered indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean, but has become widely naturalized elsewhere and may now be found growing wild in many parts of the world, especially on dry soils near the sea-coast and on river-banks.
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It is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb with culinary and medicinal uses, and is one of the primary ingredients of absinthe. Florence fennel is a selection with a swollen, bulb-like stem base that is used as a vegetable.





5 diner's comment:

inday_adin said...

I love fennel seeds! I even put it in some of my soup, mommy Dhemz! :)

inday_adin said...

I can't wait for my fennel to grow and grill fennel this summer. YumO! :)

chubskulit said...

i love anis in sweet rice sis..

analou said...

Halaka dhemz, naa koy tanom dire before nga inanha jud ang hitsura sa kanang fennel pero plant xa not seed. Wala lang day koy hinanawan nga ang fennel seed is anis diay. Mao diay nga cge kakaonon sa mga mananap ang dahon kay homot man diay. Thanks sa info. Now I now what's the english term of anis..hehehehe...salamat jud.

MinnieRunner said...

Sis, 'yan ba 'yung nilalagay din sa palitaw? 'Yung palitaw na walang sabaw?