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flowerydelflowerydel Posts: 16

HI There,

I have inherited a plant that I thought was fennel.  Always loving this plant in my previous garden and eating the seeds as I weeded, I ate some off this plant yesterday.  Urgh, they tasted like chewing gum and the after taste would not go away.  Awful.

Anyone any ideas, as googling is baffling me.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,845

    Can you post a photo

    Fennel tastes like aniseed to me

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,544

    Maybe dill?  Herb fennel looks the same but tastes different.

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,850

    I know fennel readily cross-pollinates with something, maybe it's dill and you got a fendil plant

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 6,312
    Pete8 says:

    I know fennel readily cross-pollinates with something, maybe it's dill and you got a fendil plant

    See original post

     Yes - most likely to be the cause if it is fennel

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,012

    Just a minor point, but do you think it was wise to eat something, when you weren't entirely sure what it was?

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    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.
  • flowerydelflowerydel Posts: 16

    imageHI, and thankyou all for your replys.

    Sorry for the long delay in responding.  Not aiming to be rude or ignorant, just been unwell and unable to take photos.

    Here is a pic.image

    I truelly thought it was a fennel, which I grew and used in my last garden, that is why I ate some seeds.  Fennel does taste like aniseed, this did not, rather like  Wr1g1£Y chewing gum with a dreadful aftertaste.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,850

    Just referring to punkdoc's msg above - you didn't fall unwell just after eating the seeds did you? ;) Hope you're now fully recovered 

    From what you've said, and from what I vaguely remember, you've probably got a fennel/dill cross, which I don' think would taste too great.
    Best to go buy some new seed

    Last edited: 15 July 2017 15:28:13

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • flowerydelflowerydel Posts: 16

    No, Pete8, it was not after eating the seeds!!  rofl. well,  not immediately anyway!! I did not think of that.

    Yes, I intend to buy new fennel plants when I finally have my garden transformed.

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