Similar in appearance to other carrot family members. Seeds are used whole as a spice in breads, especially rye bread, anise-like flavor. Also used in desserts, dishes, curry and liquors. Young leaves are used in soups, stews and salads. Seeds often chewed after a meal to freshen breath like fennel. Roots of young first year plants cooked like parsnips, stronger flavor.
Mediterranean in origin. Also known as meridian fennel and Persian cumin. Delicious caraway recipes