Fennel Pollen has a flavor that is - "Slightly sweet and ridiculously flavorful, a sprinkling of fennel pollen makes pure magic.." WSJ
The "healthy" living trend has been on the rise the last decade, and because of this people are trying to find new flavors to cook with that keep their dishes healthy. Since 1999, fennel pollen has been a rising trend, as it’s a great herb with a huge flavor kick. Outside of the foodie community, however, many people still may not realize all the great benefits this herb can have.
What is Fennel Pollen?
Spices originate from flowers, fruits, leaves, seeds, barks and roots. Every spice you use comes from some type of plant. Not surprisingly, fennel pollen comes from the "flower" part of its plant. Fennel is an incredibly aromatic perennial herb from the Umbelliferae family, and is used for many different culinary and medical practices.
How is it used?
In order to have enough time to infuse the entire dish, it’s best if you add dried herbs while you’re cooking. Fennel flavor is huge, and it can certainly take a culinary experience to the next level, since it is the most potent form of fennel. As seen in Italy, fennel pollen can be used as flavoring in bread, salad or pesto. It can also be used on meat and fish for added flavor.
Benefits of Fennel
Fennel tea, which is made from bruised fennel seeds, can be used as a carminative and can reduce bloating caused by digestive disorders. The chemical compounds of fennel with the right dosage, have also been used for anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, analgesic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, digestive, antiseptic, lipolytic, stimulant and stomachic actions. Herbs are a great addition to your diet because they contain antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, phyto-sterols and many other plant derived nutrient substances that are unique to each herb. They help our bodies boost immunity and fight against germs and toxins. Vitamin C is also necessary for our immune systems and fiber helps reduce cholesterol levels -- both of which are found in fennel bulbs. Many herbs and spices are high in B-vitamins and minerals in addition to having antibacterial and antiviral components.
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