This dried, licorice-like seasoning might be a bit under-the-radar, but it's distinctively flavorful and has health benefits to boot.
Whether you use them for pickling vegetables, seasoning sausage or making a crust for fish or beef fillets, you'll soon realize that aromatic fennel seeds can elevate the most basic recipes. They also offer vitamins, minerals and fiber, so you can feel good about working them into your weekly meal plan. (Learn more about the health benefits of spices: Eight of the World's Healthiest Spices and Herbs You Should be Eating.)
What Are Fennel Seeds?
Fennel seeds are harvested from the plant's flowers and then dried. They tend to be pale green to tan in color with an oval shape. Like the fennel bulb, they have a sweet, licorice-like flavor that can lend an earthy, sweet taste to dishes, and they pair especially well with seafood and pork.