Fennel seeds

Fennel seeds

Fennel seeds are large, striped seeds that are a pale yellowish-green color. They are picked after the plant flowers; and like the plant, they have a smell and flavor very similar to that of anise. The dried seeds are used as a spice in cooking, but very sparingly given their very strong flavor.

Fennel seeds are found in the spice section of supermarkets.

Used to flavor a dish, sauce, or marinade, fennel seeds should be added at the start of cooking. They should be left whole so that their anise flavor is not too strong. Fennel seeds are known for their medicinal qualities and can also be used as an infusion or herbal tea. To make an infusion with fennel seeds, heat in simmering water for 5 minutes.

Fennel seeds combine very well with fish, shellfish, and white meats. They can also be used to make aromatic oils and marinades, or mixed with salt to flavor. This spice adds a very Mediterranean touch to dishes.

Fennel seeds will keep for several months in an airtight container in a cool and dry place away from light.

Fennel seeds are known to aid digestion and are recommended in case of an upset stomach or digestive problems.

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