This article is for the herb grown for its leaves. For the vegetable variety grown for its bulbous base, see Florence fennel
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a herbaceous plant native to the mediterranean region. Itis widely cultivated, both in its native range and elsewhere, for its edible, strongly-flavoured leaves and fruits, which are often mistermed "seeds". Its aniseed flavour comes from an aromatic compound also found in anise and star anise, and its taste and aroma are similar to theirs, though usually not as strong.