Try Our Fennel Seeds
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 Fennel
This member of the carrot family goes with many yummy lunch and dinner dishes. To keep the flavor intact, it’s important to wait and ground the seeds right before you begin preparing the dish.
Whatever the purpose, fennel is one spice that’s full of flavor. It’s popular in Chinese cuisine for this reason.
Let’s review some tasty recipes that call for fennel seeds:
- Pickled Berries: Fennel seeds or mustard seeds give pickled berries just the right amount of kick. The best berries for this are blueberries or gooseberries. Just add ½ teaspoon of lightly crushed fennel seeds to your mixing process and voila! You’ll have a treat that will last upwards of one month in your refrigerator. Not bad, right?
- 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 tablespoons 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.
History of Fennel Seeds
Were fennel seeds the “human growth hormone” of the Greek and Roman empires? Back then, Roman warriors would consume them regularly because they were rumored to help build strength. What’s more, the Battle of Marathon took place in a location dubbed “the place of fennel.”
There’s no doubt that the Anglo-Saxons of the time considered fennel a sacred plant, largely thanks to its healing characteristics.
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 room temperature to 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 cool 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.