- Fennel is a plant belonging to the carrot family. It is a perennial herb with yellow flowers.
- Fennel seeds are derived from these plants. They have a dominant space in the Indian kitchen.
- They are consumed after food and are commonly referred as Saunf.
- Fennel Seeds have a natural minty flavor because of which they are popular as natural mouth fresheners.
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. 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.