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Fennel Seed

 

Fennel Seed is the oval, green or yellowish-brown dried fruit of Foeniculum vulgare, a member of the parsley family.

 

General

Fennel Seed is the oval, green or yellowish-brown dried fruit of Foeniculum vulgare, a member of the parsley family.

Region Produced

India and Egypt

Traditional Uses

Fennel goes well with fish and is used in Italian sausages and some curry powder mixes.

Aroma & Taste

Fennel has an anise-like flavor but is more aromatic, sweeter and less pungent.

History

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.

Storage

Store in cool, dark, dry places.

Ideas

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.

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