Homemade saunf or fennel powder. Fennel is an aromatic herb from the carrot family (Apiaceae) with both gastronomical and health benefits. Did you know that India happens to be the largest exporter of fennel seeds, widely known as saunf.
Fennel seeds are a spice that grow from the flowering plant called fennel, part of the carrot family. What do fennel seeds taste like? The flavor of fennel is slightly sweet and has a definite licorice-like taste.
Fennel is used for various digestive problems including heartburn, intestinal gas, bloating, loss of appetite, and colic in infants. It is also used for upper respiratory tract infections, coughs, bronchitis, cholera, backache, bedwetting, and visual problems.
Aside from its many culinary uses, fennel and its seeds offer a wide array of health benefits and may provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial effects. The seeds of fennel are sweet in taste and have a liquorice flavor.