Fennel Seed is the oval, green or yellowish-brown dried fruit of Foeniculum vulgare, a member of the parsley family.
Egypt and India.
Traditional Ethnic Uses
Fennel goes well with fish and is used in Italian sausages and some curry powder mixes.
Taste and Aroma Description
Fennel has an anise-like flavor but is more aromatic, sweeter and less pungent.
History/Region of Origin
Fennel is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean area. The name comes from the Greek word for "marathon" because the famous battle at Marathon (490 BC) against the Persians was fought on a field of Fennel. Pliny said that snakes casting off their skins ate Fennel to restore their eyesight.
Store in cool, dark, dry places.
A Few Ideas to Get You Started
Toasting Fennel Seeds accentuates their flavor. Fennel Seed added to meatballs or meat loaf gives an authentic Italian flavor. Saute Fennel Seed with sliced peppers, onion, and sausage for a quick pasta sauce.