Fennel Seed For Constipation
Fennel seeds are small yellowish seeds with a mildly spicy taste. They're best used in Italian sausage, or other dishes that call for dried herbs. They're also an excellent choice for pesto. Fennel comes from the perennial bulb of the fennel plant, which grows tall and droops down when it flowers.
Fennel is related to the Italian saffron spice, but has its own distinctive flavour. Fennel seeds aren't as widely available as saffron. You won't find the fresh herb at your local supermarket, but many health food stores and online sellers have fennel seeds available. The dried herb has a pungent and strong flavour, similar to cinnamon, clove or nutmeg, but with a milder aroma and a sweeter taste.
Many people use fennel seeds for cooking, including meat, fish, sausage and salad dressings. Fennel makes a great mouth freshener, especially if you use it right after you cook your meal. If fenugreek, cinnamon or cloves are included in your recipe, add some of these herbs to the fennel seeds before cooking to add a more intense sweet taste to your dish. You can also freeze the fenugreek and add it to soups, stews, sauces and gravies. Don't toss the fenugreek because it will lose much of its nutrients during freezing. Fennel seeds will last up to three months in the refrigerator.
Store fennel seeds in an airtight container to preserve them for up to three weeks in the freezer. Store the seeds in a cool dry place. A kitchen pantry is ideal for storing these culinary herbs. The fennel seeds do not have a strong flavour when they are stored in the fridge so they are an excellent choice for making vegetable dishes like soups and stews.
Many people use fennel seeds for flavouring sauces and marinades, although you may be able to buy them already ground. The best way to use fennel seeds is to make seed trays, which will allow you to sprinkle the seeds evenly throughout the sauce without having to measure or worry about measuring. If you use ground fennel seeds it will have a stronger flavour.
When you are making carrot recipes with fennel seeds or saunf (foeniculum vulgare) you can cut off about a third of a cup and add this to your recipes. The acidity of the seed lends itself well to acidic cooking and you can add this to dishes where you have carrot, celery or onion. This means that you can make dishes such as pumpkin pie and carrots soup without the need for strong acids. You can also use fennel to season baked potatoes and rice.
You can also grind Fennel seed and use the powder to make herb balls. These are used to make delicious pasta dishes. To make the herb balls, take out the seeds from the center and grind them. Add the dried fennel seeds to the center and roll them well, so that they are securely in place. Once you have made the herb balls use them in soups, sauces and stews for an authentic Indian flavor.
Fennel is also an excellent digestive aid because of the large amounts of fiber and essential nutrients it has. Fiber helps to slow down the digestion of foods so they stay more full longer. It also keeps the gastrointestinal tract clean, healthy and odorless. Essential nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins B and C and zinc are all found in fiber. Fennel seed is one of the best herbs to relieve constipation. It can be applied to the skin to relieve inflammation and soothing inflammation and to stimulate the bowels.