How to Eat Fennel Seeds

by J. Johnson ; Updated September 28, 2017

Fennel seeds can be found in dishes across the globe.

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Different spices provide varied uses and flavors. Fennel seeds, for example, produce a flavor usually paired with more savory foods. They are small and green in color. Cooks in countries all over the world use fennel seeds in their recipes, including Italy, France, India and Sri Lanka. Because fennel seeds are part of the parsley family, they are quite versatile. Keep a few tips in mind when buying and eating fennel seeds.

Cook recipes that contain fennel seats in late summer. This is when fennel seeds are in season and most flavorful.

Consume dried fennel seeds. Dried fennel seeds are easiest to cook into recipes and impart the best flavor.

Toast your fennel seeds before eating for a little extra zip. Toasting the seeds brings out their natural essence and makes them a tastier addition to your savory recipe.

Sprinkle fennel seeds on Italian dishes. Do so immediately before serving to get the best flavor and texture.

Include fennel seeds in dishes where you incorporate curry powder. However, make sure the curry powder doesn't already include fennel seed powder, or you could overdo the somewhat sweet taste that fennel seeds provide.

Add fennel seeds to your own homemade rye bread for a more authentic flavor.

Create your own dishes with fennel seeds. With some fennel seeds, your favorite vegetables, and a little olive oil in a pan, you can mix and match ingredients to create your own nutritious meal.


  • Buy fennel seeds that are bright green in color. These are the fennel seeds with the highest quality.

    Store your fennel seeds in the refrigerator before eating or cooking with them. This will keep them fresh.

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J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.