The fennel seed has an aniseed-like flavor. This is because it contains anethole, an aromatic compound also found in anise and star anise.
Culinary Uses of Fennel Seed
Fennel seed is commonly used in Moroccan, Indian, Pakistani, Iranian and other cuisines. It can be used is sweet foods, savory foods and complexly flavored foods foods and spice mixtures such as candied / sweetened fennel (mukhwas, a common after-meal breath freshener in India), savory-sweet Moroccan tagine and Chinese Five Spice Powder. In addition to anise, its versatile flavor is often compared to licorice.
Medicinal Uses of Fennel Seed Tea
Fennel seed tea is an important part of Ayurveda and Panch Karma, as well as many detoxes and fasts. It is said to increase lactation in nursing mothers and to help treat colic in babies. Generally, its main medicinal use is to eliminate gas, which is why it is used in Ayurveda, Panch Karma, detoxing and fasting. Because of its anti-gas / anti-bloating effects, it is often drunk as an infusion or in other drinks as an aperitif or a digestif.
Fennel Seed Drink Recipes
Fennel seed has a long history of use is drinks, such as absinthe, coffee and herbal 'tea'. Here are a few recipes you can check out to enjoy fennel seed in drink form:
- Absinthe Recipes With Fennel
- Mock Aquavit Recipes
- Recipe for Masala Chai With Fennel
- Chai Simple Syrup Recipe (Fennel Optional)
- Caffeine-Free Rooibos Chai Recipe (With Fennel Seed)
- Moon Chai (With Fennel Seed)
- Peppermint, Fennel & Lemon Balm 'Tea' Recipe
- Medicinal Fennel 'Tea' Recipes
- Recipe for Kayree Panha (Indian Raw Mango Drink With Fennel Seed)
- Indian Lemon-Ginger-Fennel Drink Recipe
- Spiced Coffee Recipes (Including a Sweet Fennel Coffee recipe)
Fennel seed is also used in a spice mixture known as Hawaij (also spelled Hawayej or Hawayij). Hawaij is a Yemenite ground spice mixture that is primarily used for soups and coffee. There are many variations, but the spice mixture used for coffee is made from aniseed, fennel seeds, ginger and cardamom. In Aden, Yemen, Hawaij is made for black coffee using ginger, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon (no fennel seed). When mixed for tea in Aden, Hawaij is made with only cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon.