All good chefs know that it isn't the intricacy of a recipe that makes it wonderful, but the quality of the ingredients and the technique with which they are used. As a result, investing in excellent, exotic spices for sale is often the best way to make even the simplest dishes taste exquisite. As an added benefit, since all spices originate from the roots, flowers, fruits, seeds, and bark of plants, many have been shown to have health benefits. Some have antibacterial and antiviral properties, while others are high in B-vitamins and trace minerals. Meanwhile, others have been found to have anti-spasmodic, analgesic, digestive, lipolytic, and stimulant actions when taken in appropriate dosages, making many seasonings an ingredient that is useful as well as tasty.

However, while woody herbs such as oregano, thyme and rosemary tend to dry and preserve well, soft, tender herbs tend to lose a great deal of their taste through typical preservation methods. Because of this, many people are turning to wild crafted pollens, like dill pollen, to capture the full extent of the plant's flavor. One of the most popular forms of this seasoning is fennel pollen, has been used for generations and continues to shape how people cook to this day.

Fennel is a perennial herb from the Umbelliferae family. The plant is highly aromatic and has a wide variety of culinary and medicinal uses in a number of cultures. As a spice, however, fennel pollen is widely regarded as the most potent form of the plant, containing the maximum amount of flavor. For this reason, fennel pollen has been used in Italian and Tuscan cooking for centuries, particularly as a flavoring in bread and pesto, or as an ingredient in salads, roasted meats, and fish.

Like many wild crafted pollens, fennel has a number of health benefits. For example, the fennel bulb has a high amount of Vitamin C, which promotes the proper functioning of the immune system, and is also rich in fiber, helping to reduce cholesterol levels. Fennel seeds can also be bruised and turned into a tea, which has been used as a carminative for centuries.

Like most seasonings, fennel pollen and similar products are best if added during the cooking process. However, unlike most seasonings, wild crafted pollens are picked fresh and retain a strong, flavorful taste. See how wild crafted pollens can revolutionize your kitchen by adding some to your recipes today!

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