Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fennel Flowers at Binicalaf

Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare, is a perennial herb. It is erect, glaucous green, and grows to heights of up to 2.5 m, with hollow stems. The flowers are produced in terminal compound umbels 5–15 cm wide, each umbel section having 20–50 tiny yellow flowers on short pedicels. The fruit is a dry seed from 4–10 mm long, half as wide or less, and grooved.

 It is a highly aromatic and flavourful herb with plenty of culinary and medicinal uses all over the world.
Along with the similar-tasting anise, is one of the primary ingredients of absinthe. The bulb, foliage, and seeds of the fennel plant are widely used in many of the cooking traditions of the world.

It is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean, but has become widely naturalized in many parts of the world, especially on dry soils near the sea-coast and on riverbanks. 

Old farmhouse at Binicalaf. The words "d'es Pou" mean the propertie has its own well of drinking water. Very important in the past when there were no water pipes.

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