• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fennel-flower the Nigella Damascena, or ragged lady
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. finul—L. fœniculum, fennel—fenum, hay.


In literature:

To half a peck of flower, take three spoonfuls of barm, two ounces of seeds; Aniseeds or Fennel-seeds.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
The lover's flower is the myrtle; the player's, the hyacinth; the pugilist's, the fennel.
"The Funny Philosophers" by George Yellott

In poetry:

Above the lowly plants it towers,
The fennel, with its yellow flowers,
And in an earlier age than ours
Was gifted with the wondrous powers,
Lost vision to restore.
"The Goblet Of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Pastry chef Bill Corbett of Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in San Francisco harvests his own fennel pollen for this dessert by hanging wild fennel flowers upside down.
They pick enough flowers to make cordial to drink throughout the year and then use in dishes like this pork tenderloin quickly braised with fennel.