Other important spice in our food is fennel seed (in tamil சோம்பு). It is highly aromatic and adds flavor to our dishes. Most of our dishes needs this which also helps in our digestion. For cooking, green seeds are optimal. As dried fennel seed is an aromatic, anise-flavoured spice, brown or green in colour when fresh, slowly turning a dull grey as the seed ages.Fennel seeds are also used in natural toothpastes for flavoring. Lets see about this today.
Some Medicinal facts about FENNEL SEEDS (Source:Wikipedia.org)
- Fennel can be made into a syrup to treat babies with colic (formerly thought to be due to digestive upset), but long term ingestion of fennel preparations by babies is a known cause of thelarche.
- Fennel seeds are also eaten raw, sometimes with some sweetener, as they are said to improve eyesight.
- Fennel may be an effective diuretic and a potential drug for treatment of hypertension.
- Syrup prepared from fennel juice was formerly given for chronic coughs.