Fennel seed has a pleasant aroma and is recommended by herbalists to soothe stomach and intestinal discomfort. It is believed that fennel aids in the production of mother's milk. Fennel makes a great seasoning for fish, seafood, pork, poultry, vegetable soups, tomato sauces, cabbage, cakes and pies.
Fennel is part of the carrot family and is native to the Mediterranean region. It has been spread all over the world and it grows best in dry soil near rivers or the coast. The larvae of swallowtail butterflies use fennel plants as a source of food. The flavor of fennel is similar to anise but not as strong.