Dried fennel is known as the dried seeds of the fennel plant. The fennel plant comes from the Apiaceae (Parsley family) family and usually grows in the Mediterranean region. It is both a spice used in the kitchen and a herb used for medicinal purposes.
Dried fennel seeds are usually oval or round in shape, greenish-brown in color and have a characteristic odour. Dried fennel seeds have a sweet, slightly bitter, anise-like aroma.
In the kitchen, dried fennel seeds are used to flavor a variety of dishes, breads, scones, salads, soups, and pickles. It can also be used to make liqueurs and some beverages.
Medicinally, dried fennel seeds may have digestive properties. It can help relieve digestive issues such as gas and abdominal pain. It can also be used to increase milk production in nursing mothers.
However, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before using dried fennel for medical use or high doses, as there may be side effects or drug interactions in some cases.