Fitches (i.e., Vetches), without doubt the Nigella sativa, an herbaceous annual plant belonging to the natural order RanunculaceŜ (the butter-cup family), which grows in the south of Europe and in the north of Africa. Its black seeds are used like pepper, and have almost as pungent a taste. The Syrians sprinkle these seeds over their flat cakes before they are baked. [See Rye.]
Fennel Flower or Vetches (Nigella sativa).