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Fennel seeds

Also Known As : Green Saunf
Technical Name : Foeniculum vulgare


Taste Profile

They have a licorice-like taste - sweeter and slightly less pungent but more intense than licorice.

Usage Tips

  1. Fennel seeds can be used in many dishes as well as freshening the breath after a meal.
  2. They can also be used in pasta sauces, sausages and many pork dishes in both ground and whole form.
  3. Fennel seeds is often used in Tadka or tempering of dishes and in pickles and chutneys too.
  4. Store Fennel seeds in a cool, dark place away from sunlight in an airtight glass container.

Common names and forms

  1. Acari masala(saunf)
  2. Big Fennel
  3. Fennel Seeds (Table)
  4. fennels seed
  5. Green Fennel
  6. Green Saunf
  7. Organic Fennel Seed
  8. Saunf
  9. Saunf Powder
  10. Sounf
  11. Sweet Fennel
  12. Variyali


Fennel seeds are the dried seeds of the Fennel plant. They look like a grooved or ridged grain of rice. They come in colors ranging from bright green to pale green and tan. They are common in Indian and North African cuisine. Fennel seeds is used as a spice and is native to Europe and Asia Minor. They are available throughout the year. They are not only used in the whole form but also used in powdered form in cooking.

Health benefits

  • Fennel seeds is a rich source of antioxidants, these antioxidants fight off free radicals in the body.(1)
  • Fennel seeds after meals helps in digestion and gives relief from bloating.(1)
  • It helps to reduce obesity.(1)
  • Fennel seeds gives relief from respiratory illnesses such as, coughs, cold, flu and sinus congestion.(1)

Selection Guide

When buying Fennel seeds, look for plump, unwrinkled seeds with a strong fragrance.


People who are allergic to saunf should avoid its use, as it can cause allergic reaction, like troubled breathing, hives, rash, swelling of lips or face and closing of the throat.(2) Excess consumption of green saunf can increase the risk of miscarriage in pregnant women by inducing menstruation.(3)

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