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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).