Fennel, a product that contains whole fennel seeds. Fennel seeds are the small yellow seeds that form in the flowers of the fennel plant. They have a strong anise flavor and aroma that can be used as a spice or a mouth freshener.
Some possible ways to use fennel are:
- As a spice: You can use fennel seeds to add flavor and aroma to breads, cakes, cookies, or savory dishes. You can also grind them into a powder and use them in sauces, dressings, or marinades. Fennel seeds pair well with other spices such as cumin, coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon. Some examples of dishes that use fennel seeds are fennel and orange salad, fennel and apple chutney, and fennel seed chicken.
- As a mouth freshener: You can chew fennel seeds after a meal to freshen your breath and aid digestion. Fennel seeds have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent bad breath and gum problems. You can also mix fennel seeds with other ingredients such as sugar, salt, cardamom, or mint to make your own mouth freshener.
- As a tea: You can make tea with fennel seeds by boiling them in water for about 10 minutes. Fennel tea has many health benefits such as relieving bloating, gas, cramps, nausea, and menstrual pain. You can also add honey, lemon, or ginger to enhance the taste and effect of fennel tea.