This fennel Seed has a delicate flavor, light and sweet, similar to anise. Use of Fennel has a long history, dating back to the Chinese and Hindus who used it as a cure for snake bites.
Fennel has always been considered an aid to digestion, and many people still drink Fennel tea. The seed is often used with fish dishes. It can be used in a curing mix for salmon or bluefish. Some cultures add it to cheese. Good Italian sausage absolutely requires fennel. Ground Fennel adds a mysterious element to a marinara or tomato sauce, which will go with any type of pasta.
Try toasting the seeds to accentuate their flavor. Goes well with fish and is used in some curry powder blends. Adds an authentic Italian flavor to meatballs.