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Fennel is an upright perennial herb that grows three to ten feet tall. The plant contains thick, ribbed, hollow stems that grow from its rooted bulb (known as the crown). Green branches and feathery foliage sprout off the stems. As the plant matures it creates an umbrella-shaped cluster of bright yellow flowers. Every element of the fennel plant from crown to flower is edible. It has a sweet, licorice-like flavor and citrus notes. Fennel is often harvested for its smaller bulbs, which are the most fragrant and succulent.
Fennel, botanically known as Foeniculum vulgare, is classified as an herbaceous perennial herb, producing plants every year. It is a member of the Umbelliferae family, which also includes dill, anise, cumin, caraway and other herbs. It is known for its anise-like culinary properties within its edible bulb and aromatic leaves, also called fronds. This licorice-like flavor is due to their high potency of the volatile compounds anethole and estragole. Herbs such as basil, mint, celery and chervil share the same volatile compounds.