This flavorful and beneficial spice originated in the Mediterranean region. It adds a bright, almost sweet anise like flavor to many dishes, but it's medicinal benefits also make it an excellent choice for tea or as a supplement. Fennel is traditionally used to aid digestion, but it also contains many other health giving compounds: research shows that it is both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. as well as being high in fiber.
-After a big meal or to sooth a troubled stomach, try making a cup of fennel tea. Simply crush a teaspoon of seeds and then steep them for 5 minutes in a cup of water which has been brought to a boil.
-Toast fennel seeds in a dry, hot pan and sprinkle over fish, meat, or vegetable dishes
-Add a teaspoon to baked goods