Fennel seeds are yet another treasure that intensifies the decorum of the spice box. This flowering hardy, perennial has originated from the Mediterranean region. Its seeds, bulb, and leaves are edible and impart somewhat anise-like taste. The dried fennel seeds are used for adding some depth and flavor to the dishes.
Fennel plants can reach a maximum height of 3 feet. It bears small yet beautiful yellow blossoms and perfectly divided leaves. Fennel seeds are not only used as a culinary herb but they also exhibit some amazing medicinal perks. Fennel seeds are packed with nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. The amount of nutrients in fresh fennel seeds varies slightly from that of dried ones. Fennel seeds are good at halting cellular damage because of the presence of Vitamin C. They can also help to regulate blood sugar level, heal wounds, develop healthy bones, and enhances metabolism.
Fennel seeds contain many powerful biologically active compounds like fenchone, anethole, limonene, and methyl chavicol. These active compounds exhibit antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer activity.
Fennel seeds curb the appetite and also help with a weakened heart. They act as a galactagogue and help the nursing mothers who experience suppressed milk ejection.