The Spice: Fennel
Fennel is a yellowish to greenish brown plant. It is the Dried, ripe fruit of the perennial
Foeniculum vulgare. The plant is tall and hardy and has finely divided, feathery, green
foliage and golden yellow flowers. The seeds are oval and formed in clusters after the
flowers have died. This clusters are harvested the harden.
Fennel is used in curry blends, Chinese spices, mirepoix and herbs de Provence. Fennel
is also ideal for flavoring fish, sausages, baked goods and liquors.
Originally Fennel came from India, China, Egypt and Turkey. This anise-like, licorice and
menthol flavored herb is being used for after-dinner breath freshener. It also helps in
digestion and it is helpful in eyesight.
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