Scientific Name: Foeniculum vulgare
A favorite amongst sausage enthusiasts, Fennel Seed is a common flavoring for cheeses, seafood, breads and pastries. But, did you know that this Mediterranean herb is also jam packed with health benefits? It’s believed that these tiny seeds can help with a litany of digest issues including heartburn, gas, bloating and loss of appetite. This potent power comes from its blend of vitamins and minerals including Zinc, Iron, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Niacin and Vitamins A and C. Who knew a sausage and pepper sandwich could be so good?
An excellent source of dietary fiber, antioxidants and essential compounds, Fennel Seeds truly are fragrant, flavorful and full of use. Enjoy them in some freshly baked rye bread or sprinkle some into your favorite vegetable medley to give your meal a boost of healthful deliciousness.
Containing beneficial compounds like estragole and anethole, Fennel Seed aids digestion by promoting the production of natural enzymes, thus helping our bodies better digest and absorb the nutrients in food. This process can also to minimize the effects of nausea and help ease gastrointestinal conditions like bloating and constipation.
High in a number of nutritional compounds, such as potassium, Fennel Seed can help to increase overall brain function, as well as various cognitive abilities. A natural vasodilator and electrolyte, it also ensures proper oxygen levels in the brain and promotes the reception of the body’s electric waves and impulses.
Fennel Seed is an excellent source of essential minerals, such as selenium, calcium, and zinc. Together, these increase oxygen levels in the blood, which then stimulate cell production in the skin. This allows the body to achieve a healthy glow and better fight off visible conditions like acne and redness.
Fennel Seed contains a number of essential oils, amino acids, and nutrients within its hull, which provide it a wide array of healthful applications. It’s a natural laxative that can assist with constipation, as well as gastrointestinal issues, such as IBS. Its richness in fiber makes it a powerful partner in the fight against heart disease. And it can even benefit eye health, respiration, menstruation, and blood pressure.
Dating back to ancient times—as many of our most prized herbs do—Fennel Seed was commonly used by Roman Soldiers, who believed in its ability to make them stronger and more resilient on the battlefield. Greek mythology has its own tale to tell, however. As within the story of Prometheus, it is said that when he brought fire to mankind, he did so by concealing it within a fennel stalk. By the late 1200s, it was a staple of many homes in England, while the Puritans used it to satiate their hunger during church services. It also became an important ingredient in the infamous drink, Absinthe, during the battles of WWI. Today, its popularity continues to grow, as more and more individuals seek out its proposed health benefits and anise-like flavor.
If stored correctly, our Fennel Seed's have a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.