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. Thishighly aromatic plant is used for both seeds and leaves.
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.
Specification of Fennel Oil
By steam distillation or water distillation from wood stumps and saw-dust.
Colorless to pale yellow clear liquid
1.528 – 1.538 @ 20°
0.953 – 0.973 @ 20°
Soluble in alcohol and oils. Insoluble in water
Characteristic spicy sweet woody odor
+12 – +24 @ 20°
A herb of ancient repute, believed to encourage longevity, courage and strength. The Romans valued it for it’s digestive properties and the Greeks believed it to be a slimming herb Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare amara, is an erect growing perennial herb native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean area. Reaching a height of 1.5 meters (approximately 4.5 feet), the plant has yellow flowers.
Benefits / Uses
Culinary Use : The plant is grown for its seeds and leaves and are used in flavoring food. It is also used as a mouth freshener.
Medicinal Use : 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.
Perfumery : The essential oil is also used in certain personal hygiene products like soaps and perfumes.
Fennel Sweet is credited with being an antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, stimulant, splenic, stomachic,and as a vermifuge. It is also believed to be invigorating, restoring, stimulating, and warming.
may cause skin irritation. Dilute well before use. Avoid use in sun and if pregnant.