Our last post was about cumin. Our todays post explores fennel as an amazing ingredient for every kitchen out there.
Fennel is both a spice and an herb. It should not be confused with the vegetable, Florence fennel. The entire plant is edible, but the seeds that are contained in the fruit are the part that is used as a spice. This spice features an aniseed flavor with an aftertaste that is bittersweet. They are most commonly dry-roasted to enhance their sweet flavor and are best paired up with thyme, mint, cinnamon and cumin.
Benefits of fennel include the antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. They are also useful as an appetite suppressant, to alleviate digestion, as a diuretic and to freshen breath.
Fennel is often used in breads, soups and pickles. It can also be used to make a tea to aid in digestion.