Fennel (Anethum foeniculum)

Other Names: Large Fennel, Large Cumin, Sweet Fennel, Common Fennel

Medicinal Uses: Flatulence, Intestinal colic, Lactation stimulant, Muscle spasms, Eyewash
 
Fennel: (herb seed)  Small, yellowish-brown, watermelon-shaped seeds from a bulbous plant, related to the celery and parsley families. Anise-like flavor. The distinctive note in Italian sausages (both sweet and hot).  
 
Fennel goes well with fish and is used in Italian sausages and some curry powder mixes. 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.  Refreshing fennel can be added raw to salads, blanched and char-grilled on a barbecue or tossed into stir-fries.
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