fennel vs anise

Is the bulbous veggie I see in local stores labeled anise actually fennel? That seems to be what a web search indicates. I wanted to try roast fennel and bean dip but what I thought was fennel was labeled anise in multiple stores, including a specialty fruit and vegetable market. I'm in the northeast if this is a regional thing.

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Monita
Monita September 2, 2014

Yes - what you saw in the supermarket is fennel

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ChefJune
ChefJune September 2, 2014

What you've described is fennel. I'm not aware of ever seeing anise in the markets.

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caninechef
caninechef September 2, 2014

Thanks to both of you. I was surprised but unsure after even the local vegetable emporium had it labeled anise.

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cookbookchick
cookbookchick September 3, 2014

Fennel is called anise in some grocery stores. Perhaps a regional quirk?

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Patti in Mississippi
Patti in Mississippi September 3, 2014

At my store it is labeled Fennel on the Vegetable aisle but at the register they look it up under Anise. Since https://food52.com/recipes... is one of favorites, I have had to teach a few cashiers that lesson.

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Diana B
Diana B September 3, 2014
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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith September 3, 2014

I've always called it fennel, but typically see it labeled as anise in the stores.

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