Fennel seeds are the small, oval-shaped, aromatic seeds of the fennel plant, which is native to the Mediterranean region but now widely cultivated in many parts of the world. Fennel seeds have a slightly sweet and licorice-like flavor and are commonly used in cooking and herbal
medicine. In culinary applications, fennel seeds are used as a spice to add flavor to a variety of dishes, including soups, stews, curries, and marinades. They are often used in Italian and Indian cuisine, and can be found in many spice blends, such as Chinese five-spice powder and
curry powder. They can also be used as a topping for bread, and are commonly used in baking to flavor cookies, cakes, and breads.