Monday, June 9, 2008

Fennel Seeds (சோம்பு)

Fennel is a spice native to the South Europe and parts of Asia, this perennial plant is widely grown for its strong flavor. The flavor of the plant is somewhat similar to anise and is milder. This highly aromatic plant is used for both seeds and leaves.
Indian Name: SaunfBotanical Name: Foeniculum vulgareFamily Name: ApiaceaeParts Used: Seed, LeavesHabitat: Southern Europe and South Western Asia
India produces high quality fennel and consumes a significant portion of the total fennel production. The spice is used for both culinary use, flavoring and also as a mouth freshener. Rajasthan, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh are the major fennel producing states
The plant is grown for its seeds and leaves and are used in flavoring food. It is also used as a mouth freshener.The plant is used to relieve chills and stomaches. The essential extracted from the fennel spice is also used as a blend with other oils for curing diseases and relaxation of mind and body.The essential oil is also used in certain personal hygiene products like soaps and perfumes

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