Fruits & Vegetables Week: Foeniculum vulgare from Delhi

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Gurcharan Singh

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Jan 5, 2011, 12:52:43 AM1/5/11
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Foeniculum vulgare from Delhi, Fennel or saunf plant
 
It may be confused with Anethum sowa but has larger lighter coloured flowers, few in an umbel, stems thicker, lighter in colour often somewhat glaucous, fruits larger and broader, lighter in colour. I am uploading it along with comparison photographs.
 


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tanay bose

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Jan 5, 2011, 12:54:46 AM1/5/11
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One of my favorite spices
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Gurcharan Singh

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Jan 5, 2011, 1:00:10 AM1/5/11
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I wish some one corrects me. The sowa plant we grow in Delhi and known as Anethum sowa depicted above and also in separate post  does not have typical wings of Dill (Anethum graveolens). This has always been confusing me. The sowa leaves have more sharper taste as compared to pleasing softer taste of fennel, and ripe fruits are almost black in colour as compared to almost green in fennel.
 
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Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
Phone: 011-25518297  Mob: 9810359089
http://people.du.ac.in/~singhg45/



nabha meghani

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Jan 5, 2011, 7:09:59 AM1/5/11
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Hallo all,
we eat here (germany) Fenchel which is Foeniculum vulgare    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fennel
The leaves (Dill) are used mainly with Cucurbita  (tambda Bhopla in Marathi). Unfortunately i did not make a foto of  Cucurbita  from my garden this year. Now it is in the deep freeze. I shall go in the market today or tomorrow to get the fotos of Fenchel. We eat it raw, in salad etc. Very tasty and opne of my favorites.
 
Prof. Singh ji,
I can't answer any of your questions. my botany knowledge is ZERO.
 
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Nalini
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