Dried fennel seeds are oval, greenish- or yellowish-brown in color, about 4/10 inch long by 1/10 inch wide, and resemble tiny watermelons. They emit an agreeable, warm, sweet odor, somewhat similar to that of anise. They even have a licorice taste! By far the most common use of fennel is in pizza sauces and toppings. Another important use for fennel is in Italian sausage. Fennel seeds are also used in specialty breads. Fennel seed is the dried fruit of an herb of the parsley family. It is native to Southern Europe and Asia Minor. Fennel has been used for centuries, most often as the plant itself. It was often hung over doorways to ward off evil spirits. Fennel was used in ancient Greece and Rome. In fact the English word ‘marathon’ is derived from the Greek word for fennel. A famous battle took place on a field of fennel, in which an athlete named Pheidippides ran 150 miles to Sparta to request help. Fennel has been known since antiquity and long been used as a condiment by the Chinese, Indians, and Egyptians. Ancient scholars considered the leaves of the fennel plant to have aphrodisiac qualities and to be a fortifier, a rejuvenator, and an aid to growing slim.
Ratings & Reviews
I think the reason I don't like them is because I really don't know what to do with them. I tried just chewing them, but then had all this "stuff" left over that I spit out. Since I love black licorice, I thought I would like these. However, at this point I don't. Help, Someone!! Please!!!coreen, Rochester, NY
very happySTEVE, New Fairfield, CT
You are now my source for fennel seeds which I use a great deal in cooking. they are the highest quality.MASON, Virginia Beach, VA
This has a strange chemical taste and I bought two pounds!!Saira, Columbus, OH
Fennel Seed. Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.
Serving size 28g (~1 oz.)
|Amount per serving|
|Calories from Fat||38|
Store in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. Refrigeration is not needed.
Country of origin: India