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Fennel Seed Whole

Dried Fennel Seeds

Foeniculum vulgare

Origin: India
From£7.40 per kg

Fennel is a flowering plant species in the carrot family. A hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves, it’s indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean but has become widely naturalised in many parts of the world, especially on dry soils near the coast and on riverbanks.

Sourced from India, our high quality packs of dried fennel seeds come in three sizes to suit you. The larger the quantity of seeds you purchase, the more you save – and free delivery across the UK is included as standard. Get yours below.


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History and background

Part of the Apiaceae family – just like carrot and parsley – fennel is a popular culinary herb that’s related to dill, cumin, anise and caraway. Although it’s predominantly known today for its distinctive flavour, there’s more to fennel than that: it has a long history of medicinal use too, dating back to ancient times.
In ancient Chinese medicine, fennel was used to treat snake bites. The Romans, Chinese and Hindus used it as a poison antidote, while in the middle ages, it was used to ward off evil spirits!

How to use dried fennel seeds

In many parts of the world, fennel seeds are used medicinally to treat everything from menstrual cramps to bad gas. Although the spice is better known for its flavour, they are thought to offer a wide variety of health benefits. Latterly, studies have indicated that they may have a weight loss effect, helping reduce the user’s appetite.

Some research has indicated that fennel seeds can help increase the production of milk in breastfeeding women, most likely due to the presence of anethole. This compound has a similar effect to oestrogen, which explains its effect on milk production.

Medicinal uses aside, dried fennel seeds are used in European, Middle Eastern, Indian and Chinese cuisines.

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Fennel seeds are often used for fussy feeders or those prone to gas. Fennel seeds are believed to support the stomach and can help the horse cope with a build up of gases. Horses generally like the taste of Fennel seeds, so try giving a handful as a treat.

Fennel seeds are used in many cuisines. They are ground into spice mixtures and added to soups, sauces, fish dishes, lamb- or potato-based curries, pickles, condiments, breads, cakes, pancakes, desserts, confectionery and drinks.

There are many anecdotal benefits of fennel and fennel seeds. One for the main uses is to improve digestive health, such as relief from bloating, reducing colic, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion, intestinal disorders, assimilation, nausea, and flatulence.

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Most of our ingredients can be delivered within 2-3 working days, with free delivery to the UK mainland on all orders over £25 and a 30 day returns policy. For more information, visit our Delivery & Returns page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, making tea using dried seeds is a great way to access all of the health benefits that fennel has to offer.

Fennel is originally from the Mediterranean, but now grows across the globe. We source our seeds from India.