Using Fennel Seeds As A Spice
Fennel is an attractive yellow flower that has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Fennel is native to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, and it grows wild in the parts of Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria. You can grow it yourself by tying a handful of Fennel stems together and letting them sit in your garden until they sprout new shoots. Fennel is low in caffeine and a good tea to drink if you want to get rid of morning headaches. Fennel is available as an extract in health food stores or you can grow it in a small indoor garden using special Fennel seed starter kits. In this article I will introduce you to the many different varieties of Fennel and how to grow them.
The German Fennel (Foenum officinale) is an excellent choice for culinary usage. This variety produces a soft yellow flower with trumpet shaped dark purple seeds that have a pungent, spicy taste. The seeds are high in fiber and contain no fat, cholesterol or salt. Fennel is used in a wide range of cuisines including German, Italian, Spanish, British, Moroccan and Turkish cooking. It is said to help relieve stress and aid in digestion.
The Garlic family has many members but Fennel is one of the most common used in cooking. It contains antimicrobial, antiseptic and stomach cleansing properties. The yellow flowers of Fennel turn dark when ripe and the seeds contain carotene, which can be used to make a variety of colored vegetable products. Fennel is very versatile and has many parts of the world where it is grown including France, Italy, West Indies, Africa, China, Korea and other parts of Asia.
Fennel is a perennial bulb native to the Mediterranean areas. It is a creeping perennial that is found growing in fields, meadows, pastures and swamps. When the bulb is fully developed, new shoots spring up along with new branches grow from the original stem. The bulb of the fennel seeds will die after one or two years but the beautiful flowers remain. The yellow flowers are long and dangling and have a tendency to curl over the plant.
The main purpose of Fennel is as an aromatic spice. It is a member of the carrot family; part of the Solanaceae or spinach family. Fennel's essential oil is also referred to as fenugreek oil. Summary fenugreek seeds contain volatile oil with a distinctive odor. It has been found that some people react negatively to essential oils. Some studies have shown that fenugreek oil may help protect the human immune system against infectious agents, such as viruses and bacteria.
Fennel seed contains a significant amount of carvacrol. The carvacrol is a natural compound that produces a distinct aroma. In addition, fennel seeds contain vitamin C, thiamine, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, iodine and niacin. The majority of these elements are water-soluble, which means they are attached to each other and can be separated easily from the other ingredients. Fennel bulb, being part of the carrot family, has a high content of carotene.
Fennel, carrot, Stilton, coriander seeds, garlic, dill, mint and Rosemary are used in Indian cuisine. It is used in Chinese cooking, Italian cooking, Middle Eastern and Thai cooking. It can be used as a spice or as a vegetable in its various forms like fennel seeds in liquid form, coriander seeds, coriander bulb, fenugreek seeds or flakes, and carrot seeds.
For people who have not tried this wonderful herbal seed, it is hard to imagine that such a small seed could be such a powerful and versatile spice. I know that this is an overstatement, but you will be surprised. If you use just a tiny bit of this five-spice powder, you will notice the difference in your spices. I would recommend giving it a try sometime. You'll be glad you did!