What is fennel seed used for?


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Certain types of sausages, spice blends and baked goods incorporate fennel seeds as a spice. Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines often make use of fennel seeds, which can work well in both sweet and savory foods. Beverages such as tea and liqueur may also feature fennel seeds.

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A cook can make a spice mixture at home with fennel seeds and other spices. A Food Network recipe involves toasting and grinding fennel seeds, coriander seeds and white peppercorns before blending the ground spices with salt. This spice mixture pairs well with a variety of meats. It also goes well with vegetables such as eggplant, and it adds a flavorful touch to dishes such as lentil soup. Elsewhere on the Food Network, a recipe for the French herb mixture, herbes de Provence, includes fennel seeds in addition to herbs such as basil, marjoram, oregano, thyme, rosemary and savory.

An Epicurious recipe combines the anise-like flavor of fennel seeds with the sweetness of figs in a rye bread. Another Epicurious recipe calls for the use of fennel seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, peppercorns and ginger to prepare the Indian tea, masala chai. For this recipe, the cook simmers the spices with milk and sugar before incorporating the sweet and spicy milk with black tea.

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