Ok, to solve the mystery, I planted some Jintan Manis that I took off my spice rack. Why did I plant it?
Simply because Aniseed and Fennel flowers differently. The way you can really find out is to look at the flowers and leaves. See it with out very own eyes.
Remember this picture from My Garden post?
Seed name: aniseed
Chinese name - 茴芹 (Read here for Chinese)
Seed name : Fennel seeds
Chinese name- 小茴香 (Read here for Chinese)
So, after you see my flowers, what do you think Jintan Manis is???
You all may be thinking, woweee.. can plant fennel means can reap the bulbs and cook. Nah! This variety that we have doesn't bulb. I read that only the Florence variety bulbs. Yikes, such an anti climax. But the leaves can be eaten, like the way one uses dill. I've seen some mainland Chinese blogs using this to make omelette, yes fennel frond omelette.
and I reaped a lot of organic fennel seeds from just a few sown.