Fennels or Fennel seeds are dried seeds that comes from the fennel herb. They are roughly 4-8 mm in length and look like a grooved or ridged grain of rice. They look like cumin seeds, only greener, and have an aniseed flavour and a warm, sweet aroma. Also referred as Saunf in Indian terms, it comes in colours ranging from bright green to pale green and tan tasting – sweeter and slightly less pungent and intense than licorice. It is native to the Mediterranean, But now available throughout the world. India ranks #1 in fennel production. Fennel, bearing the scientific name Foeniculum Vulgare Miller, or its essence, is widely used around the world in mouth fresheners, toothpastes, desserts, antacids and in culinary. Fennels have been favoured for it taste and aroma in all spicy Indian foods and also in Chinese foods.
Being rich in phytoestrogens, it hints various potential health benefits from children to elders.
- Anaemia: Iron, and Histidine, an amino acid found in fennel, are helpful in treatment of anemia stimulating production of haemoglobin and also helps forming other components of blood.