Ground Fennel Seed
Fennel is a popular spice in the Mediterranean and European regions; French and Italian cooks often refer to fennel as “the fish herb”. The French use fennel seeds in fish soups, in some versions of their popular Herbs de Provence blend and vinaigrettes. Italians add them to meatballs, pasta sauces, pepperoni, pizza, salami, sambuca, and sausages.
One of nine Anglo-Saxon sacred herbs, fennel is celebrated not only for its taste but for its host of health benefits.
As both a vitamin powerhouse and a juggernaut of taste, fennel seeds make a welcome addition to anyone’s dietary regimen.
Cooking with Ground Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds have a sweet, anise-like taste, lightly resembling licorice, and when incorporated, they bring a warm fragrance to various dishes. They are usually mixed with other spices to be used as dry rubs for meat and fish. Fennel seeds add a subtle fragrant sweetness in sausage, tomato-based sauces, and homemade bread and cookies.
Ground fennel seeds have a lot more pungency than whole seeds. If a recipe calls for 1 tsp. of whole fennel seeds you should add 11/4 tsp.
We recommend adding fennel at the end of the cooking process for the best flavor; overcooking ground fennel seeds make them lose the essential oils that make their flavors vibrant.
Here are some recipes that include ground fennel seeds:
- Marinara sauce: Marinara is a staple in the kitchen! A good sauce makes everything better, try adding 2 teaspoons of ground fennel seed and make your plain marinara shine and burst with vibrancy.
- Authentic Chai: Sometimes, chai tea can be a bit too spicy for a lot of taste buds. One recipe that helps lessen the kick (not too much, but just enough) calls for 2 whole black peppercorns, 2 green cardamom pods, 1 ½ bits of cinnamon, 2 slices of fresh ginger, and ¼ teaspoon of fennel seeds.
- Baked Fish Fillets: All you need is 1 tablespoon of fennel seeds and 1 ½ tablespoon of butter to sprinkle on your fish fillets for a lovely burst of flavor. Then bake your fillets for 15 minutes at around 350-degree Fahrenheit and enjoy! Serve with brown rice and call it a day.
Also, mix ground fennel seeds with lentils, in sauerkraut, stews, salads, meat and chicken dishes, beets, herb butter, potatoes, dips and dressings, omelets, apple pie, cakes, pastries, puddings, and spiced fruit.
Pair it with: cinnamon, cumin, fenugreek and Sichuan Peppercorns.
Healing Benefits of Fennel
Fennel contains key amino acids used to combat anemia. Histidine plus iron helps stimulate the production of hemoglobin as well as assisting in other important processes within the blood.
Fennel essential oils also stimulate the secretion of digestive and gastric juices while reducing the amount of inflammation in the stomach during indigestion. And thanks to its carminative properties, fennel is seen as an effective tool for fighting flatulence.
Where Do Fennel Seeds Grow?
Fennel is a Mediterranean crop, which thrives in temperate and cooler weather. For the best germination results, fennel seeds must be grown in darkness. The soil temperature should not exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but the optimal temperature would be 70 degrees.
Where Does Burma Spice Get Their Fennel Seeds?
Our fennel comes from Northern California and Southern Oregon, where the cold year-round climate helps provoke rampant seed production.
Fennel flowerheads can be seen navigating their way from coastal areas up into the adjacent hillsides. Each year’s harvest gives us plenty of options to choose from, so we are guaranteed to find the best samples for you.
Why Burma Spice?
Quality and convenience are not mutually exclusive! Don’t settle for lackluster flavors in store-bought brands when gourmet quality is just a click away. Burma Spice is dedicated to bringing you the most amazing spices on the planet; most of our spices are imported from different parts of the world. We pack them carefully and ship them directly to your front door. From our farm to your table. All our spices are 100% PURE, contain no preservatives, no artificial chemicals, and they are Kosher certified.
When you cook something exotic, spicy and delicious, you want it to taste the way it’s supposed to taste. This requires no substitutions and no compromises. That’s why the gourmet quality and flavor of our products remains our central focus.