Fennel seeds are defined as the dried yellowish brown fruits that are obtained from the plant of fennel, a perennial herb in the genus These seeds are about 10 mm long and about 4 mm wide. They have a sweet and aromatic flavor and emit a pleasant odor. In India, fennel seeds are available in yellow and green color. While the green colored fennel seeds are chewed as a mouth freshener, the yellow variety is used for cooking purposes.
Fennel seeds are a rich source of minerals like potassium, manganese, magnesium, etc. There are two main constituents of fennel seeds, Anethol and Fenchone. Anethol helps in controlling muscle spasms in the intestinal tract and Fenchone comprises of many medicinal properties.
Crush or grind whole fennels seeds just before you add them to your cooking or tea. This helps to release more of the oil and flavor. Add toasted fennel seeds to dishes to give them a sweet, licorice flavor. Make a simple tea by crushing a spoonful of fennel seeds and pouring hot water over them. Add a tablespoon of the seeds to batter for baked goods. You can also try a supplement. Fennel seed is available in capsule form. According to one manufacturer, the recommended dose is 3 capsules (480 milligrams) per day.
|Nutritional Value Of 100 G.|
|Protein||1.2 g||Carbohydrate||7 g|
|Monounsaturated||9.9 g||Fibre||3.1 g|
|Fat||0.2 g||Copper||0.066 mg|
|Calcium||49 mg||Phosphorus||487 mg|
|Magnesium||385 mg||Iron||0.7 mg|