Product: Fennel, Ground
Latin Name: Foeniculum vulgare syn. Anethum dulce, Anethum foeniculum, Foeniculum divaricatum, Foeniculum officinale, Seseli foeniculum.
Plant Family: Apiaceae
Other Names: Common Fennel, Sweet Fennel, Wild Fennel, Hinojo, Fenouil, Fenchel, Fankal, Finocchio, Shammar, Fennikel, Perumjeerakam & Xiao Hui Xiang.
Description: Fennel is an aromatic perennial herb native to Southern Europe and the Mediterranean and naturalised in northern Europe, Australia and North America. It grows between 1- 2.5 metres in height and has hollow, striated and sturdy stems which like the leaves are glaucous green in colour. The feathery leaves are alternate and tri-pinnately compound and can be up to 40-50cm in length. The entire flowers appear as umbels, terminally compound, each umbel comprised of 15-18 umbellets of tiny yellow flowers, and the entire flower head has a diameter of 6-15cm. The seeds are fluted and are pale green in colour and between 4-8mm in length.
Our ground Fennel is milled by experts for greater convenience in the kitchen, and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes; fennel has a sweet aniseed like flavour and aroma, which works particular well with fish, in particular oily fish such as mackerel and pork and lamb. Add to curry powders and seasonings to accompany Chinese food, the ground seed can be added to mayonnaise and salad dressings. Ground fennel seed can be used to make fennel flavoured ice creams and sorbets.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.