The New Herb on the Block

Dry rubs for chicken

Over the past decade or so, the trend of healthier living has been on the rise. Because of this, people are now branching out and finding new ways to cook with new flavors. Since around 1999, fennel pollen has been on the rise as a top herb with a huge flavor kick. However, outside of the foodie community many people still may not realize all the great benefits this herb can have.

What is Fennel Pollen?

Flowers, fruits, leaves, seeds barks and roots are some examples of where spices originate. Every spice you use comes from some type of plant. Fennel is an incredibly aromatic perennial herb from the Umbelliferae family, and it can be used for numerous 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 take a culinary experience to the next level, since it is the most potent form of fennel.
  • Fennel pollen can be used as flavoring in bread, salad or pesto, as seen in Italy. It can also be used on meat and fish.
  • Benefits of Fennel

  • Fennel tea, which is made from bruised fennel seeds, can be used as a carminative and to reduce bloating from digestive disorders. Its chemical compounds, with the right dosage, have also been used for anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, analgesic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, digestive, antiseptic, lipolytic, stimulant and stomachic actions.
  • Herbs are great to add 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 to boost immunity and fight against germs and toxins.
  • Vitamin C is essential for our immune systems and fiber helps reduce cholesterol levels. Both of these 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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