சோம்பு(Tamil) – FENNEL SEED (English) – SAUNF (Hindi)

FENNEL SEED spice – Other important spice in our food is (in Tamil சோம்பு). It is highly aromatic and adds flavor to our dishes. Most of our dishes need this which also helps in our digestion.  For cooking, green seeds are optimal. As FENNEL SEED seed is an aromatic, anise-flavored spice, brown or green in color when fresh, slowly turning a dull grey as the ages. They are also used in natural toothpaste for flavoring. Let’s see about this today.

Some Medicinal facts about FENNEL SEEDS

  • This 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.
  •  The seeds are also eaten raw, sometimes with some sweetener, as they are said to improve eyesight.
  • They may be an effective diuretic and a potential drug for the treatment of hypertension.
  • Syrup prepared from juice was formerly given for chronic coughs.

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