|Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)|
|Anise Seed from Pimpinella anisum|
Sure enough I discovered that Fennel is called Anise in North America when in reality they are very different plants. The Star Anise is also different. The one thing they all have in common is "anethole" which provides that sweet licorice flavour and is why they all are named similarly. Apparently this is how North American's started calling Fennel by the wrong name... I wonder what other veg we get wrong (Yams, Sweet Potatoes and now Fennel?!)?
|Star Anise fruit from llicium veru|
All of these have uses in remedies and these licorice-like goodies have been known to season Absinthe which inspired Picasso's "Blue Period".