Recipes starting with F

  • Botanical: Foeniculum vulgare
  • Family: Apiaceae
  • Known as: Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare, Brotsamen, Enis, Femis, Fenikl, Fenis, Fenkel, Finchel, Frauenfenchel
  • Old Use: medicinal; culinary
  • Aroma: spicy, sweet


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 leaves grow up to 40 cm long; they are finely dissected, with the ultimate segments filiform (threadlike), about 0.5 mm wide. (Its leaves are similar to those of dill, but thinner.) The flowers are produced in terminal compound umbels 5–15 cm wide, each umbel section having 20–50 tiny yellow flowers on short pedicels.

  • Botanical: Trigonella foenum graecum
  • Family: Leguminosae
  • Known as: Bockshornklee
  • Old Use: medical, industry, culinary
  • Aroma: sharp


Fenugreek is an annual, leguminous plant. It has tri-foliate, obovate and toothed, light green leaves. Its stems are erect, long and tender. Blooming period occurs during summer. Flowers are yellow-white, occurring singly or in pairs at the leaf axils. Fruit is a curved seed-pod, with ten to twenty flat and hard, yellowish-brown seeds. They are angular- rhomboid, oblong or even cubic, and have a deep furrow dividing them into two unequal lobes.

  • Botanical: Dryopteris filix
  • Family: Dryopteridaceae
  • Known as: Dryopteris filix-mas


The semi-evergreen leaves have an upright habit and reach a maximum length of 150 cm (59 in), with a single crown on each rootstock. The bipinnate leaves consist of 20-35 pinnae on each side of the rachis. The leaves taper at both ends, with the basal pinnae about half the length of the middle pinnae.

  • Botanical: Abies alba, Abies pectinata
  • Family: Pinaceae
  • Known as: Abies alba Miller., Abies alba, Silver fir, european silver fir, Weißtanne
  • Old Use: culinary; medicinal; manufacturing
  • Aroma: fresh, earthy, sweet, woody


A. alba is a large evergreen coniferous tree growing to 40–50 metres (130–160 ft) (exceptionally 60 metres (200 ft)) tall and with a trunk diameter of up to 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in).

The largest measured tree was 68 m tall and had a trunk diameter of 3.8 metres (12 ft). It occurs at altitudes of 300–1,700 metres (980–5,580 ft) (mainly over 500 metres (1,600 ft)), on mountains with a rainfall of over 1,000 millimetres (39 in).

  • Botanical: Linum usitatissimum
  • Family: Linaceae
  • Known as: Flax, Flax Seed, Faserlein, Flachs, Flachsbeere, Flas, Flax, Gemeiner Lein, Glix, Haarlinsen, Lein, Leinbleaml, Leinsamen, Öl-Lein, Saat-Lein
  • Old Use: culinary; medicinal
  • Aroma: herbaceius


Flax, Linum usitatissimum, is an upright annual plant growing to 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in) tall, with slender stems. The leaves are glaucous green, slender lanceolate, 20–40 mm long and 3 mm broad.

The flowers are pure pale blue, 15–25 mm diameter, with five petals; they can also be bright red. The fruit is a round, dry capsule 5–9 mm diameter, containing several glossy brown seeds shaped like an apple pip, 4–7 mm long.

Fool's parsley
  • Botanical: Aethusa cynapium
  • Family: Apiaceae
  • Known as: poison parsley, Hundspetersilie,
  • Old Use: medical, culinary

Fool's parsley

It has a fusiform root and a smooth hollow branched stem growing to about 80 cm high, with much divided (ternately pinnate) smooth leaves with an unpleasant smell, and small compound umbels of small irregular white flowers.

Foxglove Purple
  • Botanical: Digitalis purpurea
  • Family: Scrophulariaceae
  • Known as: Roter Fingerhut, Fingerhut, Fingerkraut, Fuchskraut, Schwulstkraut, Unserer-lieben-Frauen-Handschuh, Waldglöckchen, Waldschelle
  • Old Use: medical, industry
  • Aroma: spicy

Foxglove Purple

Digitalis purpurea is an herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial plant. The leaves are spirally arranged, simple, 10–35 cm long and 5–12 cm broad, and are covered with gray-white pubescent and glandular hairs, imparting a woolly texture. The foliage forms a tight rosette at ground level in the first year. The flowering stem develops in the second year, typically 1 to 2 m tall, sometimes longer. The flowers are arranged in a showy, terminal, elongated cluster, and each flower is tubular and pendent. The flowers are typically purple, but some plants, especially those under cultivation, may be pink, rose, yellow, or white. The inside surface of the flower tube is heavily spotted. The flowering period is early summer, sometimes with additional flower stems developing later in the season. The plant is frequented by bees, which climb right inside the flower tube to gain the nectar within. The fruit is a capsule which splits open at maturity to release the numerous tiny (0.1-0.2 mm) seeds.

  • Botanical: Boswellia Serrata
  • Family: Burseraceae
  • Known as: Olibanum, Weihrauch, Salai, Boswellia carteri, frankincense
  • Old Use: medicinal; culinary
  • Aroma: earthy, smoky, woody


Obtained from the leafy forest tree Boswellia Thurifera, with leaves deciduous, alternate towards the tops of branches, unequally pinnated; leaflets in about ten pairs with an odd one opposite, oblong, obtuse, serrated, pubescent, sometimes alternate; petioles short.

Flowers, white or pale rose on short pedicels in single axillary racemes shorter than the leaves. Calyx, small five-toothed, persistent; corolla with five obovate-oblong, very patent petals, acute at the base, inserted under the margin of the disk, acstivation slightly imbricative. Stamens, ten, inserted under the disk, alternately shorter; filaments subulate, persistent.

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