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Fennel seeds from "regular" fennel plants

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Today we harvested fennel seeds from our fennel plant. The seeds look and smell just like what we purchase at our local Indian grocer. However, I found this article online that culinary fennel seed is not the seed from "eating" fennel: http://www.blogher.com/are-fennel-and...

Scroll down to read the excerpt: "Fennel seed is not the seed of the plant that gives us fennel bulbs"

Does anyone have experience in this regard?

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  1. You can use the seeds from either the bulbing kind or the ones that grow wild (at least in CA)

    1. "Fennel seed is not the seed of the plant that gives us fennel bulbs"

      Agreed. They are different plants.

      The tall plant which you use for the fronds and seeds is Foeniculum vulgare.

      The bulbous one is Foeniculum azoricum.

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      1. re: Harters

        So if my fennel plant is tall, then is it positively the Foeniculum vulgare variety?

        Or can Foeniculum azoricum grow tall, too? If so, would that mean the bulb is now inedible (having become tough)?

        1. re: bmorecupcake

          I think azoricum only grows to about 1M. My vulgare is approaching 2M. .