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Fennel seeds are considered a spice, while the edible roots, stalks and leaves of the plant are considered an herb. The bulb shaped vegetable called fennel, Florence fennel or Italian fennel, while related to the herb fennel and similar in flavor, is not the same plant.
Fennel is native to the Mediterranean and eventually north into Europe and into the Far East. There are two primary types of fennel – bitter fennel and sweet fennel. In the US bitter fennel is more common and is grown in Argentina, central Europe, Germany, Hungary, India and Russia. Our bitter fennel is cultivated in India.
Bitter fennel’s name is Foeniculum vulgare and is a member of the Apiaceae family (parsley family). The shape of Fennel Seeds is oval and ridged while color varies from pale or bright green to brownish yellow. Fennel Seeds resemble their family member caraway seed (although a bit less curved than caraway). Our Indian grown fennel is straighter and smaller than European fennel with a sweet anise flavor.
In September of 2019 our Chef/Owner, David Humphrey, started A&H Provisions to help bring a local option for spices to the Atlanta, Georgia area. An option that will give local residents the ability to have a spice merchant help them make the right choices when purchasing their spices. We will source our product so as to provide you with freshest product possible.
Chef David has been in the culinary industry for over 25 years. His first job was at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. After that he was hooked on the industry. He would continue to work with food whether it was in the back or front of house, in positions from entry level to managerial. In 2010, Chef David enrolled in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Chicago and then graduated in March of 2012 with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. He then began working at fine dining restaurants in Chicago, amongst them were, Bistro Bordeaux, Fork and A10. In 2016, He moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia and began working at restaurants there, then eventually switched over to Private Chef work before starting A&H Provisions.
At A&H Provisions, we have the belief that making great food starts with a solid FOUNDATION. Our spices provide that foundation for ultimate FLAVOR, which will give you the greatest tasting FOOD for you and your family.