So, as a small child I remember finding these seeds, they are very plentiful around here in this part of Northern Utah. I know that the birds eat them and then they come falling from the sky and collect where the rain gutter dumps into the lawn.
Now, from a conversation I had with my father when I was probably around 4 years old (yes, I really do remember 25 years ago - though somewhat vaguely) I got the impression that these were some kind of fennel, and my father had the impression that they would be edible. Then again, this is the same guy who told me that rabbit poop really was cocoa puffs when I was two years old and laughed when I ate it.
All joking aside, can anyone help me identify this mystery seed?